May 2, 2011
Smarthphones drove Q1 mobile phone shipments
Smartphone adoption continues to fuel growth in the worldwide mobile phone market, which grew 19.8 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2011, according to International Data Corp.
As mobile phone makers and carriers continue to make smartphones affordable, more first-time buyers are attracted to buy, helping drive sales for vendors, according to IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker. Smartphone growth was particularly evident in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East and Africa and Latin America.
“I dare you to find any other market that has shown year-over-year growth in this range,” said Ramon T. Llamas, senior research analyst at IDC, Framingham, MA. “This is significant – it shows that there is still room for the mobile phone market to grow.