Feeds

Over 500m handsets to ship next year

Cameraphones bringing back buyers

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

More than half a billion mobile phones will be sold next year, market watcher IDC has calculated, thanks to an eight per cent increase in sales over 2003 driven by demand for GPRS and 3G handsets.

Of the latter, 140 per cent more phones will be sold next year around the world than was the case this year, with shipments rising above 48 million units from the 20 million or so that will have shipped throughout 2003.

But 3G will continue to be a small market compared to slower 2.5G handsets. IDC reckons that 241 million GPRS phones will ship next year, up 42 per cent on the 169 million that shipped this year.

Why 2.5G? Because, by default, almost all non-3G phones these days are 2.5G, even if they're not being used to make GPRS connections. Indeed, the growth comes not from faster-than-GSM data transmission but the growth of the cameraphone market.

IDC forecasts that cameraphone shipments will grow 64 per cent between 2004 and 2003, with over 100 million digicam-equipped handsets shipping next year - almost a third of the handset market.

Shipments of smartphones, meanwhile, will grow 111 per cent to 30 million units next year - more than the number of Palm-branded devices, for example, that have shipped ever (22.3 million at the time of Palm's last count, 24 June). ®

Related Stories

Standalone PDA days 'are numbered'
Smartphones will kill off PDAs - IDC

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.