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Shipments of mobile phones up 38% in Q4

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Jan 2005 9:34

Shipments of mobile phone devices went up 38% in Q4 of 2004, about 200m units in total. This brings 2004's total shipments of mobile phones to 684m units which is a 32.3% increase on 2003's 517m total. SA forecast yesterday that this year will be even better, estimating that growth will slow to 8%, but that will give a nice total figure of 735m units. Nokia of course dominated Q4, shipping more than double the figure of it's closest competitor, Motorola (66.1m units to 31.8m) which gives Nokia a market share of 33.1%.
Motorola took 15.9% of the market share and Samsung took 10.6% of the market share. Samsung shipped fewer handsets in Q4 than it did the previous quarter, something even Siemens managed. Siemens ceded fourth place in the market to LG during Q4. LG retained seven per cent of the market in both Q3 and Q4, but Siemens' share fell from 7.6% to 6.8%. Sony Ericsson share slipped sequentially too, by a tenth of a percentage point to 6.3%. LG, Sony and Samsung should be happy however, as all of them showed big unit shipment increases above the industry average.

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