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Apple smartphone share doubles to 10.7%

updated 08:25 am EDT, Wed March 11, 2009

Gartner on Q4 2008 SPhones

The iPhone 3G successfully led Apple to more than double its share of the smartphone market before the start of 2009, according to late data from Gartner. Apple jumped from just 5.2 percent of all smartphones in fall 2007 to 10.7 percent just a year later with 4.1 million iPhones sold. The gain came mostly at Nokia's expense, as the company dropped from 50.9 percent to just 40.8 percent at the same time; its sales of the advanced devices dropped a significant 17 percent to 15.6 million examples.

Other companies also profited from the shift and in some cases significantly eclipsed Apple, however. Research in Motion's BlackBerry grew a dramatic 85 percent in sales to top 7.4 million phones, pushing it from 10.9 percent to 19.5 percent of all devices. HTC claimed the immediate market share position below Apple at 4.3 percent as it shipped 20 percent more phones than the year before, at 1.6 million. Samsung fell just short of this mark but was proportionately the fastest riser of the group, jumping 138 percent in phone sales to near HTC's 1.6 million and garnering a 4.2 percent share.

While Gartner's research head Roberta Cozza notes that the poor world economy slowed the growth of smartphones to 3.7 percent year-over-year, the analysts don't specifically explain the increasing backlash against Nokia. However, the Finnish company has notably been slow to adopt touchscreens and had only just released its first such phone, the 5800 XpressMusic, in a limited form at the very end of the year. Most of its other smartphones are traditional number pad designs and therefore also suffer against the BlackBerry line's emphasis on keyboards.

Gains made by HTC can be partly attributed to its release of the first-ever Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. Samsung primarily ships Windows Mobile smartphones but has also had some success with a limited number of Symbian devices.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Constable Odo

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    Holy c***...

    RIM's BlackBerry is stomping the h*** out of the Apple iPhone and people keep making a big deal out of how many iPhones are being sold. At least Apple is making more in profits and that's the big story.

    In NYC, I guess BlackBerry users keep their handsets in their pockets. So many people in NYC carry iPhones but they're easier to tell from the myriad models of BlackBerry's. There may be a lot of BB Curves and Pearls that I can't even tell from a glance.

  1. Eldernorm

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    Yep I guess so

    Yep, I guess that Blackberrys are really gaining on the Apple iPhone. ......

    OH wait, wasn't the Blackberry out for 3-5 years BEFORE the iPhone and yet which is being held up as the gold standard of smart phone....????

    Just a thought.
    en

  1. gor3don

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    much longer

    BBs have been out for much longer than 5 years. They also have the product lineup and carriers that Apple doesn't have.

    To be second with one phone and one carrier is pretty good, you have to admit.

  1. gambit-7

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    The thing, too, is...

    that iPhones in the US are limited to AT&T. So, RIM sold 3 million more phones, but they're also available for most - if not all - other carriers.

  1. Surur

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    WM topple iPhone in sales

    My, you speak c*** with such certainty.If you read the actual Gartner report you would know HTC's sales exclude carrier-branded devices like the T-Mobile G1. That 20% gain is all on the back of Windows Mobile.In addition you interestingly fail to report that Windows Mobile and the iPhone traded placed between Q3 and Q4, with OSX Mobile DOWN 15%, Windows Mobile UP 15%, and Windows Mobile outselling the iPhone by 15%.http://wmpoweruser.com/?p=3578Funny, when you made such a big deal about the opposite 3 months ago. http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/12/04/iphone.overtakes.win.mo/

  1. Surur

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    WM overtakes iPhone

    My, you speak c*** with such certainty.

    If you read the actual Gartner report you would know HTC's sales exclude carrier-branded devices like the T-Mobile G1. That 20% gain is all on the back of Windows Mobile.

    In addition you interestingly fail to report that Windows Mobile and the iPhone traded placed between Q3 and Q4, with OSX Mobile DOWN 15%, Windows Mobile UP 15%, and Windows Mobile outselling the iPhone by 15%.

    http://wmpoweruser.com/?p=3578

    Funny, when you made such a big deal about the opposite 3 months ago.
    http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/12/04/iphone.overtakes.win.mo

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