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Friday, July 29, 2011

Research says feature phone sales have fallen for the first time in almost 2 years

The International Data Corporation has calculated that worldwide mobile phone shipments were up by 11.3% in the second quarter of 2011, even though feature phone shipments dropped for the first time since Q3 of 2009. Its Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker reports that 365.4 million units were shipped in Q2 2011.

IDC says the feature phone market shrank by 4% year-on-year - and isn’t expected to grow by more than 1.1% in the future.

Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, said “The shrinking feature phone market is having the greatest impact on some of the world’s largest suppliers of mobile phones. Stalwarts such as Nokia are losing share in the feature phone category to low-cost suppliers such as Micromax, TCL-Alcatel, and Huawei.”

Nokia, Samsung, LG, Apple and ZTE remain as the world’s top five mobile phone manufacturers.

Vendor Q2 2011 shipments Q2 2011 market share Year-on-year change
Nokia 88.5 million 24.2% -20.3%
Samsung 70.2 million 19.2% 10.0%
LG Electronics 24.8 million 6.8% -18.9%
Apple 20.3 million 5.6% 141.8%
ZTE 16.6 million 4.5% 36.0%
Others 145 million 39.7% 41.7%
Total 365.4 million 100% 11.3%

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, 28th July 2011

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