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iPhone share rises in US, UK, Australia; falls on European continent

Sometimes it seems like just about everyone in the US has an iPhone. A report by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech that was highlighted by Reuters today shows that the iPhone's share of the US smartphone market jumped from 25 percent during the run-up to Christmas last year to 36 percent during the same period this year.

The iPhone saw similar gains in the UK, where the iPhone's share of the market rose from 21 percent to 31 percent year-over-year, and in Australia. However, things weren't so rosy for Apple on the European continent, where cost-conscious buyers are forgoing the more pricey iPhones and buying cheaper Android smartphones instead.

According to Kantar, the iPhone's market share dropped from 29 to 20 percent in France, and in Germany the share went from 27 to 22 percent. Similar declines were echoed in Spain and Italy. The overall Euro zone GDP rose a paltry .2 percent in the third quarter of 2011, and it is expected to contract in the fourth quarter. Government spending cuts and job losses are depriving companies of demand for goods and exports, trickling down to consumers who are keeping a close eye on their spending.

[via Apple 2.0]