Smartphone sales 'to grow 20pc by 2013'

3 March 2009 — 2:00 PM

The iPhone is just one popular smartphone

Consumers are increasingly looking for the best features on the latest phones, a new study suggests.

Figures compiled by In-Stat predict that by the year 2013, sales of smartphones will double to give the devices a 20 per cent share of the market.

The study, which also looked at developments in the sector encouraging shoppers to purchase such handsets, said there were a number of new models that were of interest to buyers.

Commenting on the report, vice-president of the Mobile Internet Group Frank Dickson said consumers were keen to have the latest features on their portable devices.

"New and prospective smartphone buyers are drawn to new mobile applications, even though the median number of applications downloaded for all platforms - including the Apple iPhone - is relatively modest."

Other smartphones available which could tempt many into recycling used mobile phones for cash include the BlackBerry Storm - Research In Motion's first-ever touchscreen model.

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