February 13, 2013
Mobile phone sales fall for the first time since 2009
Sales of mobiles phones have fallen for the first time since 2009 as consumers shun cheaper handsets and opt for more expensive smartphones.
Overall in 2012, 1.75 billion mobile phones were sold, down 1.7 per cent from 2011, according to the research firm Gartner.
Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the market, with the Korean giant selling 385 million phones in 2012, of which 53.5 per cent were smartphones, with Apple selling 130 million smartphones.
Chinese company Huawei was third spot in worldwide smartphone sales for the first time in the fourth quarter, Gartner said, selling 27.2 million smartphones in 2012, an increase of 74 per cent.
Gartner said it expects sales of feature phones – ie any phone that is not a smartphone – to continue falling this year.
It is predicting that in 2013 smartphones sales will outstrip sales of feature phones for the first time.