FORTUNE -- Amid almost daily signs that a distribution deal between Apple (AAPL) and China Mobile (CHL) is imminent comes the attached chart from Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research. It shows that even without the formal endorsement of the world's largest carrier, Apple's share of Chinese smartphone sales in October had surged to 12%.
From Counterpoint's report:
Apple's smartphone marketshare climbed to 12% mark in China in October, instantly making it the 3rd largest smartphone player in the market up from a modest 3% share in September. Although the iPhone 5s didn't attract long queues outside Apple retails stores as the iPhone 4S did couple of years ago but it definitely was more successful compared to what iPhone 5 registered in terms of overall sales in a month. Also, with China Mobile deal on the horizon, Apple iPhone 5s at all three carriers will for sure ignite a 'price war' boosting the overall iPhone 5s sales in China. This might allow Apple to even reach the No. 1 smartphone player in December or January in China.
The report notes that Samsung's Galaxy S4 saw a temporary uptick in October due to a price discount in some markets, but that the S4 had been "pushed ... towards the end of its 'flagship lifecycle'" by the Galaxy Note III.
Last month's bestsellers: 1) iPhone 5S, 2) Samsung Galaxy S4, 3) iPhone 5C.
FORTUNE -- Driven by the iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple's (AAPL) share of U.S. sales surged in September to 39% of the smartphone market and 34% of the broader mobile phone market, according to a report issued Monday by Seoul-based Counterpoint Research.
"In spite of supply constraints and just three weeks of sales, iPhone 5s raced to become the bestselling MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 21, 2013 7:07 AM ET
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