Gartner, a UK based market research firm claims that in the year 2007, sales of mobile phones surpassed 1.15 billion units.
“Emerging markets, especially China and India, provided much of the growth as many people bought their first phone,” said Carolina Milanesi, research director for mobile devices at Gartner, based in Egham, UK. “In mature markets, such as Japan and Western Europe, consumers’ appetite for feature-laden phones was met with new models packed with TV tuners, global positioning satellite (GPS) functions, touch screens and high-resolution cameras.”
Amongst this huge number of 1.15 billion units, Nokia managed to sell 435,453.1 thousands of units grabbing 37.8 percent of market share. Hence, Nokia is standing at the first position in the list of highest phone selling company.
Motorola is second with the market share of 14.3 percent and Samsung is on the third position with 13.4 percent of market share. Sony Ericsson and LG are at the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Gartner also said that mobile phone manufacturers like Research In Motion (RIM) and ZTE are new entrants in the top ten list in the fourth quarter of 2007. Even Apple’s portfolio of single mobile phone model has pushed the company in the top ten list. That’s the power of the iPhone!