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10 November 2008


Mobile handset unit shipments continue to grow

Despite the uncertainty of the current macro-economic situation, mobile handset unit shipments grew year-on-year by 8.2% in Q3/2008, says market research firm ABI Research.

However, for Q4/2008 the firm has revised its forecast down to 7.5% growth from 10.4%, and therefore year-on-year annual growth is now anticipated to be between 10.5% and 11% (around 1.27 billion shipments).

“There are winners and losers in 3Q-2008”, says ABI research director Kevin Burden. “Nokia stumbled slightly to see its market-share shrink to 37.7%. Motorola and LG were also net losers (total market-share: 8.1% and 7.4%) respectively. Winners include Samsung (16.6%), Apple (2.2%), and RIM (2.0%). Smartphones are truly capturing the imagination of the buying public which is benefitting vendors with highly desirable smartphones.” 

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