Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Drop Six Percent

The second quarter of 2009 proved to be disappointing to mobile phone makers as a new study showed that its sales dropped by 6.1 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time last year.

But the research company said Smartphones are a big hit during the same period posting a high increase in sales.

The number of mobile phone units sold in the second quarter of 2009 has dropped by 6.1 percent compared to the same period last year. However, the same research study showed the significant increase in sales of Smartphones.

In its survey released Thursday, market research firm Gartner said that the worldwide sales in mobile phone units dropped from 304.7 million last year to 286.1 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Meanwhile, Smartphones like Apple iPhone, high-end Nokia handsets, and Research in Motion’s Blackberry has increased by 27 percent or 40.9 million units this year.

Gartner research director Carolina Milanesi, in a statement, said that despite the market’s volatile nature and the challenging atmosphere, some of the mobile phones and Smarphone did well.

Milanesi said that this is due to the consumer preference, saying that some users choose midrange handset to save money while others picked the more expensive devices thinking that they can get more features for their money.

Nokia still holds the worldwide sales with 105.4 million units sold. However, its sales drop from 39.5 percent a year ago to 36.8 percent this year.

Next was Samsung with 55.4 million units followed by LG with 30.4 million units old. Meanwhile, Motorola’s sales continue to plummet with only 15.9 million units or 5.6 percent sales.


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