Android soars, Apple down

Vodacom’s latest statistics show that the number of Android users on its network increased significantly over the last three months, while Apple and BlackBerry lost users.

Vodacom’s stats for June 2015 show that it had 6.1 million Android users on its network.

BlackBerry was second with 2.2 million. However, the platform continues to lose subscribers at a rapid rate.

The biggest surprise was Apple’s iPhones and iPads which declined from 978,000 users to 960,000 over three months.

Windows continued its steady growth in South Africa, with 547,000 users in the country.

The table below provides an overview of Vodacom subscribers by mobile platform.

Operating system Device by type (in thousands)
Sep-13 Mar-14 Jun-14 Sep-14 Dec-14 Mar-15 Jun-15
iOS 650 000 785 000 775 000 805 000 914 000 978 000 960 000
BlackBerry 3 100 000 3 030 000 2 895 000 2 760 000 2 650 000 2 434 000 2 228 000
Android 1 450 000 2 190 000 2 560 000 3 362 000 4 314 000 5 413 000 6 134 000
Windows 270 000 375 000 410 000 449 000 476 000 536 000 547 000

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