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Apple now selling more iPhones than Nokia sells smartphones

updated 07:50 am EDT, Thu July 21, 2011

Nokia Q2 2011 clearly disappointing to CEO

Nokia revealed deeper problems than first thought on Thursday after it posted a steep 487 million ($690 million) loss for the spring. The company cellphone shipments fell 20 percent year-to-year, down to 88.5 million total. Its results were compounded by an even quicker drop for smartphones, where its volumes dropped by more than a third to just 16.7 million.

The drop was precipitous enough that Apple has overtaken Nokia in smartphones. A total of 20.34 million iPhones shipped during the same period and possibly making it the second or even first-largest individual smartphone designer. It authoritatively makes iOS the second-largest smartphone platform after Android.

The shift is a changing of the guard and occurred just four years after the iPhone was on the market. Nokia, like Palm, Microsoft, and more lately RIM, has been accused of dismissing the iPhone as a threat early on and refusing to adapt until it was too late to maintain a lead.

Company chief Stephen Elop said the results were "clearly disappointing" and that the hurdles from transitioning over to Windows Phone showed up in a "greater than expected way." Nokia had taken to cutting back on overstock problems, particularly in China and Europe, and was closing many of its online stores.

Elop put most of his faith in the first Windows Phone devices arriving this year. Those who had seen Sea Ray and other prototypes were "very optimistic," he said.

The loss came in spite of getting a settlement from Apple that many believe could be worth $137.6 million per quarter. Elop was quick to say Nokia was "well positioned" to defend its patent rights but didn't say how these would help offset the mounting problems.

Its future plans outside of the new platform focus on cost-cutting beyond the 1 billion ($1.4 billion) it had set out for 2013. Its phone profits will be only at or slightly above the break-even point and are counting more on dual-SIM phones popular in areas like southeast Asia and eastern Europe.

By Electronista Staff


  1. facebook_Philippe

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    Joined: Jul 2011


    too late

    Nokia always has very nice looking photographs of forthcoming devices. These either never turn up or when they do it's months late. I have recently tried the E7, the thing is counter intuitive and the battery life sucks, which is a shame as long battery life was the only Symbian advantage. Soon they'll have an operating system nobody cares about, on lesser hardware than other manufacturers and no presence left anywhere. Please close the place already.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005


    Sorry, But ...

    "Those who had seen Sea Ray and other prototypes were "very optimistic," he said."

    - Sorry, but Gates and Ballmer don't count.

  1. lkrupp

    Junior Member

    Joined: May 2001


    Sorry Nokia...

    I don't think moving to Windows mobile is going to save you. Quite the contrary.

  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004



    The state of the smartphone market is unfortunate. I have no problem with the iPhone's success; I used a 3GS for 2 years. It still is used at home as a Skype phone/remote/music jukebox via our Apple TV 2.

    The problem I have is with Android which is a cobbled-together mess of stolen code. People go to get a smartphone and either state they want an iPhone or have an Android pushed on them. I tested this at two AT&T stores. If I stated I wasn't interested in an iPhone, they always suggested an Android phone as if there is no other choice.

    This is a sad state of affairs because I have been using a Samsung Omnia 7 (imported) running Windows Phone OS and love the thing. The market would better served by dumping Android and letting buyers choose from iOS and Windows Phone OS. There is more than enough market for both OSes and both mobile OSes are light years ahead of Android in quality..

    Naysayers...unless you have used both mobile OSes intensively, please don't post garbage trashing Windows Phone OS.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005


    @ lamewing

    I've used WinMo. It's garbage!!!

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    One more thing

    The article didn't mention that Apple is now the world's #1 smartphone vendor. Odd that the title is "Apple now selling more iPhones than Nokia sells smartphones" but the body sidesteps the #1 ranking for Apple.

    Hey Electronista: it's OK to be an Apple fan. Nearly impossible not to be one these days. Unless you are ideologically challenged and prance around screaming "Yay open! Yay open!" knowing full well that Google is closing off the tablet fragment of Android.

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