The partnership between UK-based Vodafone and the USA's Verizon Wireless is unlikely to change in the short term, according to a number of analysts. However, it's thought that the possibility of a merger between Vodafone (which owns 45% of Verizon Wireless) and Verizon Communications (which owns 55%) is becoming more likely in the longer term.
Research company IDC has published its European Mobile Phone Tracker report for the third quarter of 2009, revealing that the mobile phone market in Western Europe has grown for the first time in the last 15 months. Shipments were up 5% year-on-year (and 11% on the previous quarter), reaching 46.8 million units.
However smartphone sales fell 2% year-on-year, with traditional mobile phones driving the quarter's growth. The report says Nokia still leads the market, now with a 35.3% market share, followed by Samsung with 30.5%.
Android's market share increased from 4.2% in the second quarter to 5.4% in Q3. The company says sales are below expectations, with consumers recognising the Google brand but still not understanding what Android is. This lack of awareness was confounded by the relatively small number of Android-powered devices available.