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Worldwide cellphone market hits more than 200 million units in 3Q 2005

Posted: 24 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Worldwide shipments of cellphones increased by 19.1 percent year-over-year and reached 203.8 million units, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Year-on-year growth increased sequentially 8.8 percent in the third quarter buoyed by new products, portfolio refreshes and new form factors with the top 5 vendors reporting all-time-high shipment levels.

"Last year, quarterly mobile phone shipments didn't reach 200 million units until the end of the fourth quarter when vendors were keeping the channels' shelves stocked for the holiday rush. As vendors announced new products earlier this year and accelerated their time to market, we've already reached this milestone," said Ramon Llamas, research analyst for IDC's Mobile Devices team.

Like previous quarters, Western Europe led other regions on new cellphone launches. "The dominance of the handset subsidy model and 12-month upgrade cycles in Western Europe combined with the introduction of a number of highly publicized, multimedia-oriented high-end handsets to drive demand in a mature market that is witnessing saturation of subscriber growth," said Andrew Brown, program manager, European Mobile Devices, IDC.

Nokia still heads the list of the top 5 vendors with 32 percent of the market shipping 66.6 million units worldwide in 3Q 2005 followed by Motorola with 18.6 percent shipping 38.7 million units. Samsung rounds up the top 3 with 12.9 percent or 26.8 million units. LG Electronics shipped 15.5 million units and Sony Ericsson shipped 13.8 million units or 7.4 percent and 6.6 percent market share, respectively.

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