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WiFi cellphones shipped 247M units in 2010

Posted: 31 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiFi? cellphone shipments? IP phones?

Global economic challenges have slowed down the sales of IP phones, but the movement toward IP telephony systems continues. According to an In-Stat report, while corded IP phones remain the standard in business, WiFi cellular handsets continue to grow as the shipments of these dual-mode devices approached some 247 million units in 2010.

"In the past, cellular operators earning their revenue from a per-minute service plan would not support a handset that would use WiFi to move those minutes off of the cellular network without getting something in return," said Norm Bogen, VP for research at In-Stat. "Over the past few years, cellular operators have yielded to consumer demand for VoIP services on their cellphones and have formed partnerships with VoIP vendors, such as Skype, to keep traffic on their network," Bogen said.

According to the In-Stat report entitled, "IP Phones: Wired, DECT, and WiFi," business WiFi or cellular phone shipments grew by nearly 40 percent in 2010 over 2009. The report also revealed that HTC saw the biggest share gain among the leading handset OEMs in the dual-mode segment. Based on the report, Cisco and Avaya are leading the market for enterprise IP phones and among other major competitors are Aastra, Alcatel-Lucent, LG, Mitel, NEC, Polycom, ShoreTel and Siemens. Outside of service provider deployments and Skype, consumer adoption of VoIP has been minimal.

The report also forecasted that in 2015, over 40 million IP phones will ship to businesses and consumers.

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