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Smartphones exceed regular mobile sales for the first time

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smartphoneindexSmartphones have outsold regular mobile phones for the first time ever according to sales figures released by the International Data Corporation (IDC).

There was a total of 418.6 million mobiles shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 402.4 million devices sold in last year’s corresponding quarter – an increase of 4 per cent.

That Q1 2013 figure is down from the Q4 2014 figure of 483.2 million units.

But the most significant thing about the latest figures is the fact that smartphones have overtaken regular feature phones for the very first time.

There were 216.2 million smartphones shipped in Q1 which made up 51.6 per cent of total shipments – the first time smartphones have made up more than half the market.

“Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away,” said Kevin Restivo, IDC senior research analyst.

The top smartphone vendors

Samsung has continued to maintain its dominant position as the number one smartphone manufacturer with 70.7 million units – a stunning 60.7 per cent year-on-year increase.

Apple is at number two with 37.3 million worldwide iPhone sales – an increase of 6.6 per cent from last year.

One of the real Q1 stars is LG which has seen a surge in smartphone sales on the back of the release of the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G in worldwide markets late last year and early this year.

The top overall mobile vendors - smartphones and feature phones combined

LG is now ranked third in the smartphone market with 10.3 million worldwide sales in Q1 which is a healthy 110.2 increase on 2012.

Huawei (9.9 million) and ZTE (9.1 million) came in at fourth and fifth respectively with increases of 94.1 per cent (Huawei) and 49.2 per cent (ZTE).

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