OnePlus and Google’s value pricing lead to strong Q2 growth in the U.S.

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According to the latest data from Counterpoint Research, the smartphone market in the U.S. continues to struggle. During the second quarter, covering April through June, smartphone sell-through (how many units were sold by a retailer) declined 1.5% year-over-year. As the research firm points out, U.S. consumers are holding on to their handsets for longer periods of time leading to an upgrade rate among the four major U.S. carriers of only 4.5% during the period. Sales of premium models also were “soft.” As a result, those manufacturers offering lower-priced handsets did well in the U.S. during …

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