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MEA Culpa: Mobile phone sales drop 5% in Mid-East and Africa in Q1 2013

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MEA Culpa: Mobile phone sales drop 5% in Mid-East and Africa in Q1 2013
Despite a 5% drop in mobile phone sales for the first quarter in the MEA region (Mid-East and Africa), smartphone sales in the same region grew sequentially and year-over-year, led by the Apple iPhone 5. The latest iteration of Apple's iconic smartphone is now available in all of the MEA markets which gave the smartphone market a little spring in its step during the first three months of the year. The first quarter is usually a problematic one in the region because it follows a strong seasonal fourth quarter.

Annette Zimmermann, principal analyst at Gartner Deutschland GmbH, said that Apple iPhone 5 volume rose on a year-over-year basis. Including the surge in sales of that model, total smartphone sales were up 3% sequentially and 30% year-over-year to 11.44 million units. That topped the 11.2 million sales in the fourth quarter of last year, and the 8.45 million in sales to the region in the first quarter of last year.

Nokia remains the top mobile phone vendor in the region, although the Finnish OEM has seen its lead over second place Samsung shrink dramatically. In the most recent quarter, Nokia had 37% of the market compared to 25% for Samsung. The prior year saw Nokia with 48% market share and Nokia with 22%. The stronger smartphone market in the region might be playing right into Samsung's hands. BlackBerry lost some market share in the region while Apple picked some up.

Total handset sales in the region tallied 43.84 million in the first quarter with featurephones leading the way. Smartphones accounted for only 26.09% of sales in the period. Samsung has more than 50% of the smartphone market in the region with Apple holding an 11.4% piece of the pie. BlackBerry's smartphone market share is 10% followed by Sony and Nokia with 6.9% and 3.7% respectively.

"Android will get a boost with the introduction of HTC One in the second quarter. HTC One is rated as the most beautiful smartphone, more than Samsung Galaxy S4 in the market right now, in my opinion. We are seeing a lot of carriers in the Gulf promoting the HTC's flagship model bundled with value-added service."-Annette Zimmermann, principal analyst,Gartner Deutschland GmbH

source: TMCNet via WPCentral

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posted on 04 Jul 2013, 21:19

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Me a culpa means it's not my fault...
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posted on 04 Jul 2013, 21:48 1

2. cdgm2509 (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


It actually means "it's my fault"

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 22:19

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


O mistake
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posted on 04 Jul 2013, 22:36 1

5. Alan01 (Posts: 185; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


It was a play on the initials MEA for Mid-East and Africa....geez guys!

Alan F.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 23:11 1

6. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Also in the album ENIGMA®

A song.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 09:47

11. cdgm2509 (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


haha sorry for that Alan :)

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 22:03 2

3. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


It's pretty obvious that the iPhone 5 would be popular in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia they love to spend their millions on overpriced toys.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 23:39 1

7. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


especially if covered in gold and dimonds while they dont know jack about how to use it beyond calls and sms mostly but hey its gold and dimond

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 02:01 2

8. Rocksteady (unregistered)


Well,, you are the expert, please go teach them how to use their phones and how to spend their money and live their lives.

I agree with mas11 that they do like to spend money on overpriced stuff, but not all of them are ignorant.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 03:14 1

9. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


well if someone has so much cash to spend still half of them spent like its a joke then we cannot help them. not all are ignorant but many of them are for sure.
they are most richest country in world yet one of the weakest and dependent in many espects so what do i think out of this context.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:25

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 11163; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You misspelled diamond.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 03:20 2

10. GamePlayer (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Says the guy who does not live in Saudi Arabia and does not know anything about it. Stop hating, please.

posted on 07 Jul 2013, 01:13 1

13. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


At least they buying something worth it not plastics toys.

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