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Report: Global smartphone sales overtook feature phone sales in 2013 for the first time ever

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:19

Gartner, a US-based technology research agency, released a report on the global mobile phone sales in 2013. According to it, for the first time in history, the global sales of smartphones overpassed the feature phone ones last year. The overtaking took place as early as the first half of 2013, just as we told you back in August. It seems that 53.6% of all mobile phones, sold in 2013, were smartphones - 968 million units worldwide. This is a 42.3% increase in comparison the 558 million smartphones sold back in 2012...

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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:34 1

1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Wow, I didn't remember how big the gap was between Samsung, Apple and others. 100 million... Btw, has Nokia yet reached Top 10? Last time I remember, it Nokia was like 11th?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:44 1

2. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Nokia will shine again in 2014 . .

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:05 2

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)

That's what a lot of fanboys said last year. And the year before..
Too bad they're bound to WP.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 08:20

8. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Have to agree with Sleepingoz here, Nokia won't even exist in as a handset manufacturer after this year.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:49

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

This is not the first time smartphones sales surpassed featurephones. It happened some last year (2012) and the same gartner reported it.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:14 1

5. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Good growth registered by Nokia. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see new Lumia models at MWC. :D

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:51 1

6. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Not surprising. Low end, cheap smartphones are the new feature phone.

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