A recent survey of smartphone owners indicated that although the vast majority of Apple device users are likely to stay with the company in the future, a significant percent of Android-based device owners are contemplating a switch to iPhones.

Many Android users accepted the operating system out of service provider loyalty, as iPhones were originally only offered through AT&T. The cost of switching providers, added to the headache of breaking a contract and beginning a new one, may also have kept many Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers from making a company move.

Now that Apple has signed on with a number of other providers, Android-based manufacturers may find they're losing business to Apple. According to a USB Research study, nearly a third of Android users are considering switching to iPhones, whereas only 6 percent of current Apple users are contemplating other companies.

The popularity of the iPhone and mobile accessories designed for the device has been strong since the original smartphone was released a few years ago, and judging by the plethora of rumors and hype surrounding the imminent release of the iPhone 5, it may continue to increase – despite the large amount of new Android-based phones on the market each year.