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393.7m phones sold in 3Q11

393.7m phones sold in 3Q11
Tim Green


Industry / Market Data / October 31st 2011 at 1:22PM

Growth is slowing, but it's still 12.8 per cent up on Q2.

According to IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, this was the second-lowest growth rate for the mobile market over the past two years.

It blamed the slump on delayed smartphone purchases (iPhone and BlackBerry especially) and conservative consumer spending last quarter. Mature markets like US and Western Europe actually declined year-over-year.

Needless to say, the market is now all about smartphones.

Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team, said: "Two years ago, smartphones comprised just a small portion of overall shipments among the leading vendors. Today, that proportion has grown considerably, thanks in large part to LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson making Android smartphones a priority.

"At the same time, the growing presence of companies focused exclusively on the smartphone market - Apple, HTC, and RIM - also demonstrate the impact that smartphones have had on the mobile phone market as a whole."

Read more on the research here.

And check out this table to see how the OEMs are doing.