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Worldwide converged mobile device market continues to surge ahead: IDC

The worldwide converged mobile device or smartphone market showed no signs of slowing down during the first quarter...


June 9, 2006  


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The worldwide converged mobile device or smartphone market showed no signs of slowing down during the first quarter of 2006, recording a new record in quarterly shipments.

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, worldwide converged mobile device shipments totaled 18.9 million units in Q1 2006, an increase of 7.5% from the fourth quarter of 2005 and 67.8% compared to the same quarter one year ago

“In most mature markets, the first quarter of the new year is usually characterized by a sequential decrease in shipments. However, as a market with more growth on the way, the converged mobile device market was able to post sequential growth as well as a sizable year-over-year gain,” said Ramon Llamas, research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Markets team.

“The worldwide market has broadened in terms of the number of vendors who have entered into this space, and deepened as far as the kinds of devices coming out for consumers, enterprise users, and fans of multimedia. The lure of new products combined with heightened competition among the vendors, should continue to drive the smartphone market to new heights.”