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Global mobile phones sales increase by 35% in 2010

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During the third quarter of 2010, 417 million mobile phones have been sold throughout the world – 35% more than during the third quarter last year, indicates the technology analyst company Gartner data.

According to the aggregated data, smartphones comprised 19.3% of the total number of sold mobile phones in the third quarter and their sales volume has increased by 96%. The number of sold smartphones hit more than 81 million, reports LETA.

Analysts indicate Symbian, which is affiliated with Nokia, had the largest market share (36.6%) in terms of operating system. 29.48 million Symbian phones were sold in the third quarter; however, their market share decreased from 44.6% in last year’s third quarter, when 18.31 million Symbian phones were sold.

The market share of phones with Android operating system grew the fastest – up to 25.5% from 3.5% in the third quarter of 2009. The number of sold Android phones accounted for 20.5 million, compared to 1.42 million units a year ago.

The study also found the market share of Apple iPhone or phones with operating system iOS was 16.7% – slightly less than 17.1% during the third quarter last year; however, iPhone has over paced BlackBerry phones that are produced by Research in Motion (RIM), ranking third behind Symbian and Android.

During the third quarter 11.9 million BlackBerry phones equipped with RIM operating system have been sold, which is by 8.5 million more than last year; nevertheless, their market share has gone down from 20.7% in last year’s third quarter to 14.8% this year.

After sorting the number of sold cell phones according to manufacturer, it was found out that Nokia’s global market share has declined to 28.2% from 36.7% in the third quarter of 2009. Moreover, 117.46 million Nokia phones have been sold, which is slightly more than 113.46 million sold in the third quarter last year.

Nokia sales volumes were hindered by parts – built-in cameras and displays – shortage.

The second place in terms of sold mobile phones is taken by Samsung with 71.67 million units. While LG ranks third with 27.47 million phones sold. These figures included all the sold mobile phones, also the phone models with simpler functions.


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  1. I.K says:

    Of course, because of smartphones!!!

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