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Smartphone shipments to overtake shipments of featurephones globally in 2013

0. phoneArena 27 May 2013, 04:45 posted on

Research firm DisplaySearch sees global shipments of smartphones overtaking the number of basic and featurephones being transported in 2013; global smartphone shipments should reach 937 million units, compared to 889 million basic and featurephones to be shipped this year. From 2011 to 2016, smartphone shipments will increase at a 26% compounded annual growth rate to reach 1.45 billion units...

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posted on 27 May 2013, 07:30

1. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Since I have been posting here (October, 2010 I think), this idea that Feature Phones are getting passed over has been kicked around, debated, and mostly anticipated. Yes, smartphones in more established markets such as Europe and North America will and most likely has passed feature phones. But in developing markets, prepaid carriers, and with a large portion of the 40+ year old buying markets, feature phones still provide a HUGE portion of this industry. Samsung, Nokia, LG and some of the other manufacturers are smart to continue working hard for that market. I understand where the big mone is- smartphones. But there is still a lot of money in feature phones, and will be for a few years yet.

So long as multi-media is geting bigger in mobile, screens will be getting bigger as well. Buyers want to actually be able to see the details in their photos, games, videos, and such. Go figure.

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