Physical Apple retail stores now account for 11 percent of all US cellphone sales (smartphone and feature phones), according to a new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (via AllThingsD). That’s a pretty astounding number for a couple of reasons. First, there are fewer than 260 Apple retail stores in America and the company only sells one type of “cellphone” — the iPhone. The 11 percent figure shows just how much power Apple has in retail and in its iPhone product.

Outside of Apple, Verizon stores sell 57% of all American cellphones, and Best Buy sells about 13%. As for iPhone sales only, Apple retail stores sell 25% of iPhones in the US, with AT&T selling 21% of iPhones, Verizon selling 18%, and Best Buy 13%. Best Buy’s selling power in both iPhones and cellphones at large shows exactly why Apple chose to partner with the reseller for its store-within-a-store Apple Shops.

11% of U.S cellphone sales now happen in Apple Stores originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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