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Record 1 billion cell phones sold in 2007

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Record 1 billion cell phones sold in 2007
Based on the market research released by Gartner, in 2007 the mobile phone market registered more than 1.15 billion units sold. This is more than 16% increase compared to 2006 (990.9 million units sold). The developing markets (China, India and others) played a great role in boosting the numbers. In the developed countries, such as the US, Canada, Germany, France etc., most of the consumers already had their phones, but were looking for replacements with better functionality (hi-res cameras, TV support, GPS, etc.).

The leader in sales for 2007 is Nokia with 435 million units sold. In Q4, the Finnish company managed to gain 40% of the market share, but it will still need to stabilize its positions in the US. Perhaps it should try to offer some of its N-series with a service by one of the major wireless players on the mainland.

Company

2007

Sales

2007

Market Share (%)

2006

Sales

2006

Market Share (%)

Nokia

435,453.1

37.8

344,915.9

34.8

Motorola

164,307.0

14.3

209,250.9

21.1

Samsung

154,540.7

13.4

116,480.1

11.8

Sony Ericsson

101,358.4

8.8

73,641.6

7.4

LG

78,576.3

6.8

61,986.0

6.3

Others

218,604.3

18.9

184,588.0

18.6

TOTAL

1,152,839.8

100.0

990,862.5

100.0


Note* This table includes iDEN shipments, but excludes ODM to OEM shipments.
Source: Gartner (February 2008)


The only manufacturer that lost market share in 2007 is Motorola, which resulted in placing the company at number three on the global market. Motorola Executives do not expect a major turnaround this year and as reported earlier, the company might sell its mobile division.
All the other players, such as Samsung, LG, and the Swedish-Japanese Sony Ericsson managed to gain market share in 2007.

In 2008, Gartner expects the sales to slow down a bit, by growing only 10%. This year, North America and Western Europe will account for 30% of global mobile device sales. The company’s analysts also note the appearance of new players like the Chinese ZTE, which specializes in low-end mobile phones at extremely attractive prices. Others like RIM and Apple offer innovative feature-rich devices designed to get the most out of the data services offered.

Considering the other companies with interesting ideas, which are supposed to enter the scene, like Google with its Android, Modu, and Garmin’s Nuvifone, we expect 2008 to be a year rich in events.

source: Gartner via Crave

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:41

1. LordObento (unregistered)


It would be interesting to see how much of "other" is Apple

posted on 29 Feb 2008, 12:28

2. bri (unregistered)


it would be really intresting to see how many total phones are sold, not just the new ones. Ebay for example I bet sells thousands of phones a month!

posted on 29 Feb 2008, 19:24

3. D (unregistered)


Well, Apple has moved about 2 million iPhones, so that would be what? 0.9% Not really that interesting at all!

posted on 03 Mar 2008, 10:32

4. T-HUFF (unregistered)


NOKIA IS AWFUL. THEY ARE JUST STRAIGHT UP LUCKY TO BE HAVING SUCH SUCCESS. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE ONLY DECENT HIGH END PHONES THEY RELEASE ARE ONLY FOR AT&T. EVERY SINGLE NOKIA PHONE ON VERIZON OR SPRINT IS FREE AND DISGUSTINGLY TERRIBLE. I GUESS MY POINT IS THAT THEY DONT DESERVE TO BE WHERE THEY ARE. LG DESERVES WAY MORE THAN NOKIA AND I'M SUPRISED THEY ARE AT THE BOTTOM...

posted on 03 Mar 2008, 12:30

5. Check him out... (unregistered)


i guessing u do not do research before u start talking cause if u did, u may not sound so uneducated. Nokia is number 1 due to how much they sale and having a reputation of having good quality..Go talk to verizon and sprint and ask them why they dont sale the best nokia phones..and enough with the LG should be on top..they have one good phone lately....go read a book...

posted on 04 Mar 2008, 10:08

6. T-HUFF (unregistered)


#6 IVE HAD NOKIA PHONES ON MANY DIFFERENT NETWORKS, THE ONLY ONES WORTH ANYTHING ARE THE HIGH END PHONES WITH AT&T. I WORK FOR VZW, WE DONT CARRY A SINGLE PHONE THAT DOESNT COME BACK IN A MANNER OF MONTHS WITH A HUGE PROBLEM. THE STORE I WORK AT DOESNT EVEN SELL NOKIA ANYMORE BECAUSE OF THIS REASON, SO ITS MORE FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAN RESEARCH WHICH IS RESEARCH IN ITSELF YES? PROBABLY MORE IMPORTANT RESEARCH TO BE HONEST.

posted on 05 Mar 2008, 09:58

7. Chief (unregistered)


I have to agree with T-HUFF...Nokia is garbage. You can do all the research you want and you still won't find Nokia sold in the states. That's why they prey on large stupid markets like India, Asia. Althogh very profitable there garbage. They remind me of McDonalds, fat, greasy, and cheap. 1- THUFF 0-#5

posted on 06 Mar 2008, 10:27

8. gino (unregistered)


this research might be biased, i don't know... what i DO know is, i am asian and from what i can tell you, nokia is loosing footing in sales here in Philippines - mind you second to china, the Philippines is the second largest texting nation in asia. what surprises me though is sony ericsson phones are selling like hot cakes here but they only rank 4th!? where did they base this research? who were the respondents?

posted on 07 Mar 2008, 09:57

9. T-HUFF (unregistered)


WHO KNOWS WHERE THESE BRAINIACS DO THEIR RESEARCH, I THINK IS ALL BS PERSONALLY, I WOULD AGREE THOUGH FROM THE LOOKS OF THIGNS HERE...SONY, LG, SAMSUNG ALL DEFINITELY SELL THE MSOT IN MY EYES.

posted on 14 May 2008, 02:33

10. riya (unregistered)


Hi, I am an MBA student and doing a research on breakup of GPRS and Bluetooth Users (Region wise,gender wise,operator wise etc). If u have any relevant information about the same plz share it.my email id is riya.bvp@gmail.com

posted on 15 Aug 2008, 03:08

11. ablaxamana (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Aug 2008)


Hi, do you have the exact data on how many Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericson, Samsung that has bluetooth and sold here in the Philippines?

posted on 15 Aug 2008, 04:57

12. Jugi (unregistered)


Funny comments there by T-HUFF and some others. It's already been said, Nokia dominates pretty much every market except North America...North America has been difficult because the market is very different, with all the sales going through operators unlike Europe for example. NA also has a different selection of phones, and that is partly also because of what the operators choose as their phones. You wanna know why Nokia dominates developing markets? It does the basics best; no other manufacturer can produce good basic phones at such a cheap price. Oh, and developing markets are not necessarily 'stupid'...very America centered thinking there. What Nokia hasn't traditionally excelled in are mid-range phones...but looking at their upcoming and recent models, that seems to be about to change. Mind you, I don't have that much to say against any other manufacturer. Sony Ericsson does the best mid-range phones IMO. LG and Samsung are not my cup of tea, they've generally suffered from weak batteries and form. Motorola...I hate the design. Though I have to say I haven't been happy with some of the past Nokia designs either. But really, to understand why Nokia is so clearly number 1 you have to understand cell phone markets worldwide, not just the US of A.

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