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Mobile Phone Sales Down in 1Q 2009; Smartphones Up
May 26, 2009
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Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 269.1 million units in 1Q 2009, an 8.6% decrease from the 1Q 2008, according to Gartner, Inc. Smartphone sales surpassed 36.4 million units, a 12.7% increase from the same period last year, said Gartner.

Nokia continued to lead the mobile phone market, but its share dropped to 36.2% from 39.1% in 1Q 2008. Samsung retained second place and improved its market share as its sales totaled 51.4 million units. Motorola overtook Sony Ericsson to regain fourth place.

Smartphone sales represented 13.5% of all mobile device sales in 1Q 2009, Gartner said, compared with 11% in 1Q 2008. Symbian accounted for 49.3% of worldwide smartphone operating systems (OS) market share in 1Q 2009, down from 56.9% share in 1Q 2008. RIM’s smartphone OS market share reached 19.9%, up from 13.3% share in 1Q of last year. The iPhone OS accounted for 10.8% of the market, up from 5.3% market share in 1Q 2008.

Gartner said that Nokia’s worldwide sales reached 97.4 million units in 1Q 2009. Samsung reached sales of 1.4 million units, and its market share grew to 19.1%. LG sold 26.5 million units in 1Q 2009, and Motorola expects worldwide sales of its iDEN handsets to be up 50% in 2009 compared with 2008.

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