14 May 2010


Handset sales grow 19% year-on-year to Q1 record of 291 million

Global shipments of mobile-phone handsets grew 19% year-on-year in Q1/2010, from 245 million a year ago to a record 291 million for first-quarter sales, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

Touchphones, smartphones and dual-SIM models are pulling the handset industry away from recession, says the firm, but emerging markets also drove growth, with volumes surging in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

The top 10 handset vendors are going through an unprecedented shake-up as new American and Chinese brands muscle their way into the market, says Strategy Analytics. RIM captured fourth position, its first time in the top five, and Apple reached a record high of 3% global market share. Meanwhile, Alcatel surged almost 200% and became the fastest-growing major vendor, adds the market research firm.

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