Feeds

Euro phone shipments jumped 16% in Q3

3G demand still lukewarm, but growing

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Mobile phone makers pumped 39.5m handsets into Western Europe during Q3, 16 per cent more than they did in Q3 2004 and five per cent more than Q2 2004, market watcher IDC said yesterday.

The number of 3G handsets shipped almost doubled between Q3 2004 and Q3 2005, rising from 2.38m to 4.74m, respectively seven per cent and 12 per cent of the total.

Many of the 3G handsets came from Nokia, which also contributed significantly to the rise in smart-phone shipments, courtesy of its increasingly broad-based Series 60/Symbian software combination. According to IDC, smart-phone shipments accounted for seven per cent of third-quarter Western European handset shipments, up from four per cent in the year-ago quarter.

Smart-phone shipments grew 103.7 per cent year on year, from 1.36m units to 2.77m, IDC's numbers show. Shipments were up three per cent sequentially. Again, much of that growth was Nokia's doing, as it continued to push Series 60 into the mainstream.

Motorola and Samsung continued their battle to be the biggest mobile phone shipper after Nokia, which unsurprisingly retained its leadership of the market by a long margin. Samsung nosed ahead of Motorola, shipping 6.2m units to Moto's 6m, and grabbing 16 per cent of the market in the process. Motorola quit the quarter with a market share of 15 per cent - both companies' shares were less than half Nokia's dominant 36 per cent share.

Samsung and Motorola nonetheless experienced the biggest year-on-year growth among the top-ten vendors, with unit shipments rising 100 per cent and 71 per cent, respectively. Nokia's growth was a more modest but still above-average 20 per cent.

The best Sony Ericsson could manage was five per cent growth, which left it with 12 per cent of the market, down from 13 per cent a year ago.

Siemens' decision to pull out of the mobile phone market appears justified: its units shipments plunged 44 per cent, accompanied by a halving of its market share, from 15 per cent to seven per cent, in a quarter that saw the company announce the sale of its handset division to BenQ.

All the remaining vendors saw their combined shipments fall seven per cent, leaving them with 14 per cent of the market. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Will BlackBerry make a comeback with its SQUARE smartphones?
Plus PC PIMs from company formerly known as RIM
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files
DTS and Sonos sing out but not off the same hymnsheet
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.