Worldwide Sales of Mobile Phones Declined 3% in Q3; Smartphones Increased 47%

Despite a 3% dip in global mobile phone sales to 428 million units in the third quarter, smartphone sales jumped a full 47%, according data released by research firm Gartner.

Samsung widened the gap with Apple taking the share of such handsets to 39.6% of the total cellular phones sales.
Smartphones continued to fuel sales of mobile phones worldwide with sales rising to 169.2 million units in the third quarter, Gartner said, adding that the smartphone market is dominated by Samsung and Apple.

The quarter also saw Samsung becoming the largest mobile handset market with 22.9% of the overall market share, selling 98 million units, up from 18.7% a year ago, it said.

Overall, Samsung’s mobile phones sales accelerated, totalling almost 98 million units in Q3, up 18.6% year-on-year.

According to the latest Garnter numbers, sales of mobile phones reached almost 428 million units in Q3, down 3.1% from a year ago, even as smartphone sales accounted for 39.6 per cent of total mobile phone sales, as smartphone sales zoomed 46.9%.

“After two consecutive quarters of decline in mobile phone sales, demand has improved in both developed and emerging markets as sales increased sequentially,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

He added that the growth was driven by the qworld’s largest market China where sales growth was driven by smartphones, but demand of feature phones remained weak, while mature markets finally saw replacement sales picking up with the launch of new devices in the quarter.

Nokia slipped from the No. 3 slot in the second quarter to a distant No. 7 in smartphones in Q3, while RIM moved to the No 3 spot followed by HTC at No 4.

“Both HTC and RIM have seen their sales declining in the past few quarters, and the challenges might prevent them from holding on to their current rankings in coming quarters,” Gupta added.

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