Samsung Electronic’s share of the U.S. mobile phone market exceeded 30% for the first time ever in the first quarter.

According to market researcher Strategy Analytics on Sunday, Samsung sold 12.3 million handsets in the U.S. in the first 3 months of the year, taking up 30.1% of the market.

The company grabbed a 26.5% share of the Canadian market in the quarter by selling 600,000 units.

With a combined market share of 29.9% in the U.S. and Canada, Samsung has maintained the top position in the North American market for seven quarters in a row.

LG Electronics sold 7.9 million mobile phones in North America to come in second place with an 18.3% share.

Research In Motion, maker of the Blackberry smartphone, was in third with 11.8%. By selling 5.1 million handsets, RIM edged out Motorola for the first time. Motorola came in fourth with sales of 4.7 million units and a 10.9% market share. Apple, with a market share of 7.1%, was fifth with sales of 3.1 million iPhones.


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