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Mobile Phone Sales Down In Q1 Of 2012


Mobile phone sales down in Q1 of 2012



Global mobile phone sales have seen a decline in the first quarter (Jan-March 2012) for the first time after nearly 10 quarters. “Worldwide sales of mobile phones reached 42 crore units in the quarter, a 2 per cent decline on sales in the comparable quarter last year.

Samsung became the world’s top mobile handset vendor during the quarter, displacing Nokia which had held the No. 1 spot since 1998. Samsung’s mobile phone sales reached 8.66 crore, a 25.9 per cent increase from last year. It took back the world’s No. 1 smartphone position from Apple, selling 3.8 crore smartphone worldwide.

Market share of South Korean mobile giant LG dropped 37% with sales of 2.39 crore handsets in Q1 2011 vs. 1.47 crore in Q1 2012. On the other hand, Chinese manufacturer Huawei Device saw a growth of nearly 63% in market share with sales soaring from about 70 lakh handsets in Q1 2011 to 1.08 crore in Q1 2012.

Samsung became the world’s top mobile handset vendor during the quarter, displacing Nokia which had held the No. 1 spot since 1998. Samsung’s mobile phone sales reached 8.66 crore, a 25.9 per cent increase from last year. It took back the world’s No. 1 smartphone position from Apple, selling 3.8 crore smartphones worldwide.

A study by IT research and advisory firm Gartner pointed out that global sales of mobile phones decreased 2% in Q1 2012 for the first time after a similar trend back in the Q2 2009. Leading mobile manufacturer Samsung topped mobile phone sales worldwide in the same period with a slightly higher market share than rival Nokia.


Global Mobile Device Sales(Jan-Mar)


                                                                            SOURCE:HINDU  

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