Smartphone sales 'at record levels'

5 February 2010 — 4:08 PM

Record number of smartphone sales

The popularity of smartphones increased to record levels in the last quarter, it has been revealed.

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker revealed that during the fourth quarter of 2009, 54.5 million units were shipped by vendors.

Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team, said: "Increasingly, mobile phone users are seeking greater utility from their devices beyond telephony and messaging and converged mobile devices fulfill that need."

He added that reduced prices on older handsets also helped to increase the number of shipments.

The report suggested that Nokia is currently "the undisputed leader of converged mobile devices worldwide", news which could tempt consumers to trade in their old mobiles to upgrade to a new Nokia handset.

In particular, the manufacturer's 5800, N97, N97 mini and 5530 smartphones were said to have proved particularly popular with consumers.

It has recently been reported that Nokia's Ovi Store is now serving more than one million application downloads each day.

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