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iPhone sales have exceeded Windows Mobile sales for first time, says Gartner’s latest analysis of the global smartphone industry. But overall, growth in sales of smartphones around the world only grew 11.5 percent during the third quarter.

The world, according to Gartner, saw the weakest growth in the sector since it began tracking smartphone sales. First quarter sales grew about 29.3 percent in 2008 while second quarter sales were up about 15.7 percent compared to the same quarters a year earlier.

Apple’s iPhone has now 30 percent of the U.S. smartphone market and almost 17 percent of the worldwide market, second only to Nokia. Apple could end up dominating the smartphone market – as it does with the iPod.

In the global market, Nokia is maintaining its first place status with 42.4% market share. RIM came in second with it’s BlackBerry phone sales up an amazing 81.7% in Q3. Apple regained its No. 3 position in the global smartphone market and improved its market share to 12.9% in the third quarter of 2008 according to Gartner.

For the first time iPhone sales exceeded sales of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices worldwide.

Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor
3Q08 (Units) Worldwide: Preliminary

Company

3Q08

Sales

3Q08 Market Share (%)

3Q07

Sales

3Q07 Market Share (%)

3Q08- 3Q07 Growth (%)

Nokia

15,472

42.4

15,964

48.7

-3.1

Research In Motion

                    5,800

15.9

                     3,192

9.7

81.7

Apple

4,720

12.9

1,104

3.4

327.5

HTC

1,656

4.5

1,315

4.0

25.9

Sharp

1,239

3.4

1,535

4.7

-19.3

Others

7,626

20.9

9,643

29.4

-20.9

Total

36,515(000)

100.0

32,753(000)

100.0

11.5

Note: Under the name HTC, Gartner counts only the company’s own-branded devices. The devices that HTC designs for mobile operators are shown separately under the operators’ names in these statistics. Source: Gartner (December 2008)

Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor
2Q08 (Units) Worldwide: Preliminary

Company

2Q08

Sales

2Q08 Market Share (%)

2Q07

Sales

2Q07 Market Share (%)

2Q08- 2Q07 Growth (%)

Nokia

15,297

47.5

14,151

50.8

8.1

Research In Motion

5,594

17.4

2,471

8.9

126.4

HTC

1,330

4.1

606

2.2

119.6

Sharp

1,328

4.1

2,275

8.2

-41.6

Fujitsu

1,071

3.3

877

3.2

22.0

Others

7,598

23.6

7,472

26.8

1.7

Total

32,221(000)

100.0

27,854(000)

100.0

15.7

Worldwide smartphone sales totaled 32.2 million units in the second quarter of 2008, a 15.7 per cent increase from the second quarter of 2007, according to market researcher Gartner. Informa forecasts subscriptions to UMTS/HSPA will number nearly half a billion worldwide by the end of 2009, and will pass the one billion mark in 2012.

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