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Cheap 2G and Top-End 3G Phones Drive 13% Rise in Sales

Cheap 2G and Top-End 3G Phones Drive 13% Rise in Sales

According to a report by Strategy Analytics, sales of mobile phones reached 308 million units globally in Q2 due to low-end 2G models and 3G touchphones driving sales within the market.

The report claims that Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) and Samsung have seen such positive responses due to a demand for Qwerty keyboards. Nokia's marketshare on the other hand has decreased by 1.7 per cent, although the manufacturer did remain in first place among the top five mobile phone brands.

Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics director for wireless device strategies said, "In terms of who is growing the fastest, Blackberry and Samsung are the two fastest growing players, with Samsung capturing 21 per cent global share and RIM maintaining fourth position in the top five brands."

While handset shipments have increased overall, Mawston warned that it is a mixed picture for underperformers Nokia, Sony Ericsson and LG as the report reveals that LG only grew 3 per cent year-on-year.

Mawston stated, "LG is facing its toughest period since it entered the market in the 1990s due to its limited 3G smartphone portfolio, which fails to deliver to the high-growth market," he said.

The report also shows that shipments of the iPhone have increased by 61 per cent compared with this time last year, providing Apple with 3 per cent global marketshare.


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