Smartphone popularity 'can be attributed to iPhone'

10 February 2009 — 4:00 PM

The recent rise of the smartphone is linked to the popularity of handsets like the iPhone 3G, one expert has advised.

According to Karl Sharpe, a spokesman for, recent research that suggests high-performance handsets are vital to the industry "can almost be directly attributed" to Apple's latest phones.

He added that consumers have come to realise that there is a great deal more to modern devices than making calls - which could prompt many to consider recycling mobile phones that are outdated.

"It's evident that people looking for iPhone alternatives have gone for the BlackBerry Storm or a handset like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1," Mr Sharpe noted.

He went on to say other upcoming phones that will be good news for the smartphone market included the Nokia N97.

Recent figures from Juniper Research showed sales of such models would rise by ten per cent over the next five years.

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