Worldwide phone sales take a dive but smartphone sales up

According to research from Gartner, the worldwide sales of phones during the first quarter dropped by 9.4%, when compared to the previous year which reflects the poor results posted by the likes of Nokia and Sony Ericsson. However, one niche sector of the market is doing well. The worldwide sales figures for smartphones rose by 12.7%.


On a company by company basis, Nokia was still rated as No.1 with a 36.2% market share with Samsung in second place with 19.1% share, LG third on 9.9% and Motorola fourth on 6.2%. Sony Ericsson was fifth on 5.4%.


"There were some signs of a recovery in markets such as North America and China but overall sales in the first quarter of 2009 registered the biggest quarter-on-quarter contraction since Gartner began monitoring the market on a quarterly basis in 2001," said Carolina Milanesi, research director for mobile devices at Gartner, based in Egham, UK. "This was also the first time the market contracted year over year during the first quarter, a period traditionally helped by strong seasonality in the Asia/Pacific market."


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