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December 10, 2014 06:03 ET

Infonetics Research: iPhone 6 drives uptick in smartphone market

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - December 10, 2014) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 3rd quarter 2014 (3Q14) 3G and LTE Mobile Broadband Devices and Subscribers market share, size, and forecasts report.

The comprehensive report tracks over 50 mobile broadband market segments and sub-segments, including smartphones, operating systems (OS), routers, cards, USBs, embedded devices such as tablets, and subscribers, all by the type of network they connect to, including LTE, W-CDMA/HSPA, and other networks.

ANALYST NOTE
"Smartphones saw a decent return in the third quarter, considering the major action of the year is in the pre-Christmas quarter. The segment was boosted by the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 combined with the continual adoption of lower-cost, entry-level smartphones that enable new users to become mobile broadband subscribers for the first time, particularly in developing economies," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics Research.

John Byrne, directing analyst for M2M and IoT at Infonetics and co-author of the report, adds: "Looking into the future, we are approaching an inflection point at which sales of LTE smartphones begin to outpace W-CDMA/HSPA smartphones. While both categories will see strong growth in 2015, LTE-based smartphones will account for the clear majority of smartphone sales beginning in 2016."

3Q14 MOBILE BROADBAND DEVICE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple is the smartphone market share leader in 3Q14 owing to improving sales of the iPhone 6, followed by Samsung, Huawei, and LG
  • Newcomers Xiaomi and Coolpad from China are taking away some share from the top players
  • In line with seasonal expectations, worldwide smartphone revenue rose 2% sequentially in 3Q14, to $88 billion
  • The tablet segment saw a slight increase in 3Q14 from 2Q14 (units up 1.1%, revenue up less than 1%) as adoption levels top out; nevertheless, there are signs the 4th quarter will be very strong, in line with seasonal expectations for the pre-Christmas run-in
  • Global mobile broadband modems unit shipments increased 3% sequentially in 3Q14, to
    37 million

MOBILE DEVICE ANALYST CONFERENCE CALL FOR CLIENTS
Infonetics clients are invited to join analysts Richard Webb and John Byrne live or on-demand Dec. 16 at 11:00 AM EST for a mobile broadband device market recap and outlook: www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=784.

MOBILE BROADBAND REPORT SYNOPSIS
Infonetics' quarterly mobile broadband device report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for smartphones; embedded mobile broadband devices (tablets, PCs, mobile internet devices) and modems; mobile broadband USBs, routers, and mobile hotspots; operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, etc.); and subscribers. Companies tracked: Amazon, Apple, Blackberry, Dell, Ericsson, Google, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Novatel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sierra Wireless, Sony, ZTE, others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS

RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH
Download Infonetics' 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at www.infonetics.com/login.

INFONETICS WEBINARS
Visit www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on-demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • Improving the VoLTE Experience: Best Practices from Early Launches (View on-demand)
  • Making Mobile Backhaul Flexible with NFV and SDN (View on-demand)
  • The Role of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in Mobile Networks (View on-demand)
  • Finding the Right KPIs to Optimize LTE and LTE-Advanced Networks (Sponsor)
  • Policy Management and SDM in an LTE World (Sponsor)

INFONETICS IS HIRING
Infonetics Research is hiring analysts. See job openings at www.infonetics.com/jobopp.asp.

TO INQUIRE ABOUT RESEARCH, CONTACT:
N. America (West), Asia Pacific:
Larry Howard larry@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3335
N. A. (East, Midwest), L. America, EMEA: Scott Coyne scott@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3395
Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song jeffrey@infonetics.com +86 21-3919-8505
Japan 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics takashi.kimura@takanalytics.com +81 3-6408-5566
South Korea 대한민국 Doug Moon, Nexmedica dougm@mbap.co.kr +82 2-3453-9400

ABOUT INFONETICS
Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) 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 effectively. View Infonetics' About Us slides here.

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Contact Information

  • PRESS CONTACTS:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst,
    Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells
    Infonetics Research
    +44 1689-851-618 or +1 408-583-3369
    Email contact
    Twitter: @RichardAWebb

    Email contact
    Directing Analyst,
    M2M and IoT
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408-583-3320
    Email contact
    Twitter: @johnbyrnetics