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Mobile phone accessories soon a $50B-per-year market

Posted: 30 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:phone accessory? mobile accessories? Bluetooth headset? handsfree?

Suppliers of aftermarket mobile phone accessories earned some $26.5 billion in revenues in 2009 and the figure could reach more than $50 billion by 2015, according to a new report from ABI Research.

Senior analyst Michael Morgan said the aftermarket accessories sector is seeing "explosive growth" as consumers rush to buy cases and other items that would help protect their expensive smartphones. He added that consumers are now buying higher-quality and therefore more expensive accessories.

The research study, titled "Mobile Accessories Market Data," indicates that the Apple iPhone 3G and 3GS spurred the accessories market but even high-end feature phones such as Samsung models are also seeing more accessories available. Also becoming more popular are scratch protectors for screens; Bluetooth headsets, particularly those in the high end of the market; and wired stereo headsets.

ABI Research notes that while memory cards are still selling well, the fact that handset makers are including high-capacity cards with the phones mean that less consumers are buying cards on their own.

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