More Americans Own Smartphones Than Feature Phones

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, smartphone ownership has eclipsed feature phone ownership in the U.S. for the first time. Currently, 53 percent of mobile phone owners (46 percent of all U.S. adults) say they have a smartphone. Just 12 percent of Americans over 18 don’t have a cell phone. In addition, 8 percent weren’t sure if their phone was a smartphone.

Broken down by operating system, 20 percent of cell phone owners say they have an Android phone, 19 percent claim an iPhone and 6 percent say they have a BlackBerry.

College educated people aged 18-35 with a household income over $75,000 are the most likely to own smartphones. African Americans and Latinos are more likely to own smartphones than white people are.

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