Smartphones Represent More Than Half of Mobile Phone Sales: Gartner
Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 455.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 5.7 percent from Q3 2012.Sales of smartphones accounted for 55 percent of overall mobile phone sales in the third quarter of 2013, and reached their highest share to date, according to IT research firm Gartner. Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 455.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 5.7 percent from the same period last year, and Gartner analysts said global mobile phone sales are on pace to reach 1.81 billion units in 2013, a 3.4 percent increase from 2012. "Sales of feature phones continued to decline and the decrease was more pronounced in markets where the average selling price (ASP) for feature phones was much closer to the ASP affordable smartphones," Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "In markets such as China and Latin America, demand for feature phones fell significantly as users rushed to replace their old models with smartphones." While Samsung’s share was flat in the third quarter of 2013, Samsung increased its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market, although Apple’s smartphone sales reached 30.3 million units in the third quarter of 2013, up 23.2 percent from a year ago.
"While the arrival of the new iPhones 5S and 5C had a positive impact on overall sales, such impact could have been greater had they not started shipping late in the quarter," Gupta continued. "While we saw some inventory built up for the iPhone 5C, there was good demand for iPhone 5S with stock out in many markets."