SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

November 03, 2009 13:04 ET

Infonetics Research: Smartphone sales to overtake standard mobile phones by 2012

LONDON--(Marketwire - November 3, 2009) - Communications industry market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its biannual Mobile/WiFi Phones and Subscribers market size, market share, and forecast report.

"Smartphones are on track to post a 14.5% increase in the number of units sold worldwide in 2009, and a 21% compound annual growth rate from 2008 to 2013, significantly better than other mobile phone segments. While smartphone revenue is expected to dip in 2009 mainly due to price erosion and lower-ARPU units coming to market, we expect it to pick up in 2010 and continue growing, easily outstripping the combined revenue of standard mobile phones by 2012," predicts Richard Webb, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for mobile devices.

"On the vendor market share front, Apple's smartphone share rose to 9% in the second quarter of 2009 on the strength of the iPhone 3GS. Competition for the iPhone is increasing though, with AT&T's splashy launch of the Blackberry Bold 3G in partnership with RIM a prime example. And while iPhone applications are proliferating, the iPhone OS is sure to face stiff competition from the open-source Android platform. Apple will have to fight hard to drive its market share back above 10%," Webb added.


--  Despite an estimated 10% increase in the number of worldwide mobile
    and WiFi phones sold the second half of 2009, a 9% revenue decline is
    expected due to downward price pressure
--  1.1 billion mobile phones are forecast to be sold in 2009 worldwide
--  Smartphones account for an increasing percentage of total mobile phone
    revenue, driven in part by accelerating HSPA deployments in North America,
    Western Europe, and developed Asia Pacific countries
--  Nokia maintained its clear leadership of total mobile phone market
    share in the first half of 2009


Infonetics' mobile and WiFi phones report features customizable pivot tables and provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts through 2013 for 3G and LTE smartphones, standard mobile phones (GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA, CDMA2000), dual mode cellular/WiFi phones, enterprise single-mode WiFi phones, and mobile subscribers.

Companies tracked include Apple, Cisco, D-Link, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, NETGEAR, Nokia, Polycom, RIM, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson, Vocera, ZTE and others.

Smartphone operating systems tracked include Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Linux, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. The report includes select pivot tables.


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-- LTE gaining momentum in 2010, infrastructure market to top $5 billion in 2013

-- Residential voice, video and data services to hit $300 billion by 2013

-- Mobile broadband cards expected to be an $8.4 billion market by 2013

-- Mobile broadband services expected to more than double by 2013

-- W-CDMA equipment up 21% in 2Q, driven by 3G rollouts, smartphones, data card upgrades

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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