Growth in phone shipments in 2004
Market researcher ICD reported an increase in worldwide mobile-phone shipments in 2004. Their number totaled 194.3 million in the fourth quarter which represents a growth of 24 percent in comparison with the 2003's fourth quarter. For the full year, shipments increased by 29.3 percent compared with the year 2003.
Nokia with 34 percent market share in the fourth quarter and 31.2 percent in the full year remains in its top-vendor position. It unveiled nine new phone models, half of which have cameras and color screens.
Motorola with 16.4 percent of the market in the fourth quarter reported record shipments. It introduced more than 20 new mobile phones, including handsets with multiple functions.
Samsung - with 10.9 percent market share occupies third position, although its share decreased with 3 percent compared to the previous quarter.
LG with 7.2 percent of the market share overtook Siemens just by 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter. The increase in shipments came mostly from the bigger number of CDMA and GSM phones, introduced in