Mobile Phone Buyers Flock to Smartphones

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2012-05-01 Print this article Print

Smartphone unit sales--including Nokia units, Apple iPhone, Google/T-Mobile's G2, and RIM's BlackBerry, among others--are grabbing more of the overall mobile phone market share, according to a new report. App stores and services are driving the higher sales.

Looking for another recession-proof technology to sell or integrate into customer sites? Smartphone unit sales-including units from Nokia, the Apple iPhone, the Google Android-based phone from T-Mobile and RIM's BlackBerry, among others-climbed to more than 36.4 million units worldwide, a 12.7 percent increase from the same period a year ago, according to a new report from Gartner.

That compares with sales of standard mobile phones, which fell 8.6 percent year over year in Q1, the market research company reports.  Gartner says the channel increased its efforts to reduce inventory during Q1 in an effort to minimize capital investment in response to low consumer confidence.

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Gartner says that smartphone sales represented 13.5 percent of all mobile device sales in Q1 2009, compared with 11 percent in Q1 2008.  Services and applications helped drive the success of smartphones, according to Gartner.

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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at

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