Mobile phone shipments up
By Anthony Newman, Thursday 6 November 2003
Consumers still buying phones; Nokia still in the lead.
The worldwide market for mobile phones continued to grow in the third quarter of 2003, driven by strong demand for new handsets from first-time buyers in emerging markets as well as replacement buyers in mature markets. According to IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone QView, worldwide mobile phone shipments grew by 21.2% year-over-year in 3Q03 and increased sequentially by 14.0% to 130.1 million units. Nokia maintained its top position in the market while LG Electronics regained the number 5 spot from Sony Ericsson.
In addition to the market's year-over-year growth of 21.2%, the top 5 mobile phone vendors continued to gain back market share after a dip in 1Q03. After dropping from 77.3% of the market in 4Q02 to 71.4% in 1Q03, the top 5 vendors have reclaimed much of their lost market share in 3Q03 with 76.6% of the market. At the same time, 3Q03 was the first quarter of 2003 during which the top 5 vendors all posted positive sequential growth. However, with a growing number of vendors from Asia entering the worldwide market, it remains to be seen if the top vendors can maintain their hold on market-share.
The report finds that Nokia maintained its number 1 spot this quarter with a sequential increase of 11.2%, and continued to strengthen its presence in the U.S. and global CDMA markets. However, due to the increasing market size, Nokia's market share decreased by just under a percent to 35.0%. Of particular note is the launch of the Nokia N-Gage, a gaming-centric device launched worldwide in the beginning of October. After experiencing a drop of over 5% in shipments in 2Q03, Motorola posted a 27.8% sequential increase in shipments, bringing its market share up 1.7% to 15.5% of the market and distancing itself slightly from Samsung.
Continuing on its success from the previous quarter, Samsung increased its market share from 10.5% in 2Q03 to 11.5% in 3Q03 with an increase of 3 million shipments to a total of 15 million mobile phones. Samsung attributes its increase to strong demand for its high-end handsets with color screens, cameras and camcorder functions.
Siemens' shipments grew 39.5% sequentially in 3Q03, easily solidifying itself as the number 4 vendor worldwide. Finally, rising sharply on the strength of its CDMA and GSM shipments overseas, LG Electronics re-entered IDC's top 5 list as it boosted its market share to 5.8%, just beating out Sony Ericsson at 5.5%.
In total, over 130 million phones were shipped in Q3.
Nokia market share takes a hit
By Jørgen Sundgot, Monday 8 December 2003
Analyst firm Gartner says mobile device sales are up 22 percent in the third quarter as market leader Nokia's market share dips in the face of strong competition.
The mobile terminal industry exceeded expectations in the third quarter of 2003, as worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 132.8 million units, a 22 percent increase from the same period last year, according to analyst firm Gartner.
"The mobile terminals market is exhibiting extraordinarily strong growth in 2003, and we believe it could reach half a billion units this year," said Ben Wood, principal analyst with the mobile communications group for Gartner in Europe.
The competition among the top tier vendors is heating up, and industry leader Nokia's market share saw a decrease in the third quarter as it faced strong competition from Siemens and Samsung. LG moved into the top five, narrowly pushing Sony Ericsson into the sixth position.
"The market is growing on two fronts - we've hit a sweet spot for replacement sales in mature markets while emerging markets such as Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe continue to sign up new subscribers at a phenomenal pace," Wood said.
In the mature markets, color mobile terminals are a growing proportion of total sales, with the volume of camera phones also increasing. Gartner analysts said demand for low-cost terminals has also continued, and that all regions of the world experienced at least 18 percent growth in the third quarter of 2003.
The North America market was driven by replacement sales, as users replaced their handsets in favor of new smaller and in many cases, color terminals.
With the introduction of mobile number portability on November 24, Gartner analysts believe this will further drive replacement sales for the region.
"The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region accounted for 35.5 percent of the world's mobile phone sales, fueled by strong replacement buying in Western Europe," said Carolina Milanesi, industry analyst for the EMEA mobile communications group for Gartner. "This was combined with strong sales in emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, in particular Russia, which saw sales reach 5 million units."
"The Asia/Pacific region bounced back from SARS and was further buoyed by phenomenal growth in India," said Ann Liang, industry analyst with the mobile communications group for Gartner in Asia/Pacific. "Success in China remains crucial in the region with Motorola holding onto the top spot in the face of strong competition from Nokia."
Your English oso sux.
Thx and bb.
This SE page is sucky. Nothing but fake comments.
can anyone tell me what to do? i got a p800 and em planning to swap it with the k700i, is it worth it?
Thanks for the info, bout the MP3 and Bluetooth.
For me, I think Nokia 6230 is the winner, since it has MMC card, plus it can send SMS, play games, while the MP3 is playing. The K700 do not have memory card and can not play MP3 while doing other things.
I will buy a 6230
mr unknown i think ur english is not any better than andy. ur english really sux.
Hey stop it will ya? The two of you... This place is for people to give comments and reviews; if either of you can't take criticisms please kindly go outside to settle your issues. Do not misuse this place please.
Shut up la... u think u very pro
ha! wad a joke
u r the one reply 1st so u r the ultimate loser.
Mr Unknown. Take a chill pill sorry if I touched some of your buttons. Again i like to remind you. The T610 and T630 do not have VGA cameras so a comparion should not be made to a 7600. I didn't say anything about the software being laggy. I did not mention about mp3. 6220, 6230 and 7610 are not lower end Nokia phones. I did not complain about the battery life. So mate, either you control yourself and lame attempt at a rebuff. As you have failed to present any evidence to support your claims once again. I suggest you stop taking whatever your taking. Before making any arguments, evidence to support your claims must be justified and yours have not. From your response I clearly see you are a very irrational person. Compare the K700 to 6230 and tell me what has clearer screen quality. Which one has infra-red. Until you can support your claims against others, I suggest you keep quiet and swallow your so called intelligence and get a book and do some reading on product information. Shame on you again at your attempt now to discredit me with points I did not raise. Shame, shame, shame.
Andy, u are a joke! I'm saying Sony Ericsson fans always overrate their phone becos they own they phone, I'm not distorting any fact.
1)SE fans always console themselves by saying the software is not laggy. But in fact, it still is! Why din't you answer to this issue? That's becos u know this is the truth so you are scared to answer, am i right? huh?
2)Next the camera. if u want to see who's camera is better, go to this website and judge for yourself. The pics shows evidence. http://www.mobileisgood.com/cameraPhonePictures.html
3) The issue of comparison with different phone platforms. I din't start this coup; it's you SE fans who always compare this phone to lower ends Nokia phone. Some are even worse, saying Nokia is going down... i think that's childish! So thats why i'm bringing 7610 to compare! Even Samsung phones such as V200 and E700 can beat t610, t630 and this laggy k700 hands down.
4) Next, your English sux. Better buck up man!
5)Lastly, the battery is like you as well - a joke. Even SE fans themselvescan't stabd having to chage the phone everyday....
6) The mp3 player? What quality? Man, I can even hear the what singer is singing!
7) Overall- SE fans and you Andy, time to wake up. Spend $650 bucks on such a fone... might as well stick to your 'unlaggy' t630 or 610 and buy a digicam or mp3 player! And stop complaining that the battery life sux, because ppl like Andy oso sux! lol
To the guy who was to scared to reveal themselves. First questions why would you buy a 7600. Don't tell me it is easy to use. Two, Nokia are unable to manufacturer anymore camera phones due to the fact their camera lenses manufacturer is unable to produce any. The T610 and T630 are to be compared with either the 7250i or 6220. The K700 is to be compared with the 6230. Before you make any accusations. The use of evidence would greatly serve you any justice. N Cage QD has only 4000 colours while T610 and T630 has 65k colours which means 65000 colours. I work in a phone store too. And Nokia phones are by far the most overrated and under featured phones on the market. K700 isn't perfect I must admit but its closer to perfection than any other phone produced by Nokia. K700 Bluetooth has a distance of 10m. It has infra red with enable it to communicate with older phones. A feature nokia 6230 does not provide. The 7610 is a one megapixel camera phone. A lot bigger than K700 so if a comparsion is to be made compare it with the S700. I'm sick of customers thinking Nokia's are the best and once they have met me they don't. There is not such brand as the best. But Nokia are the worst mass market production phone company. Hence their decline in market share and continued profit downgrades. The only reason why a 7600 VGA camera beats the T610 and T630 is because those two phones do not have a VGA camera so it is obvious that they have lesser quality pictures. The QD is designed to play games, T610 and T630 are not. So Mr Unknown, I think you should do more research and back up your claims with evidence. And please grow a brain and compare phones according to their right class. Shame on you in your attempt to discredit a company.
Hi! I'm new here. Can someone help me with this questions:
1. an you turn on the music player (MP3) and at the same time be able to play games or send SMS (text), or even send files via BT?
2. Can the MP3 sound be heard or transferred through a BT headset?
Biased & inaccurate comments of SE fan: I always come to this Web site to look at the comments on phones before I get my handset. Sad to say, SE fans are always giving misleading comments that are quite inaccurate. For example, SE fans will always mention that new phone launches by SE are lagless but once I get a new SE handset I always feel so cheated by all these comments. SE fans always keep mentioning that the screens and cameras of SE mobiles are so superb but I think SE fans overrated the SE phones in the market. My T630 and T610 look so pale beside my Nokia N-Gage QD, not to even mention comparing with other phones of mine such as the Samsung SGH-E700, Nokia 7600, Nokia 7610 and also the Samsung D410c (I do not own this phone but I had a hands-on experience with the phone when my friend was promoting it in one of the service provider's retail shops). For "buying the phone of tomorrow", are you sure that Nokia has produced the worst camera in the market? Wait till you really compare it with other handsets. For example, the 0.3-megapixel camera of the Nokia 7600 definitely beats the cameras of my T630 and T610 hands down. Or even better still, you should try the night mode of the Nokia 7600 and that of SE phones, and you will definitely see the differences. SE handsets can't even take a decent photo in the arcade with night mode. The 0.3-megapixel Nokia 7600 already trashes SE phones, so let's save our energy comparing SE phones with the Nokia and Samsung D410c. So please, SE fans, please give us the consumers more accurate opinions so we wouldn't felt cheated or disappointed when we get the phones.
The buttons are too low down on the handset and if you make a lot of calls you start to get cramps in your fingers.
When the Z600 runs out it is going to be a very very sad day.