Category Archives: Handset Shipments

Smart watches will be top consumer M2M device by 2017

Of an evening when I close the door of my car ready to go home, there is a subdued – and rather reassuring – beep from somewhere slightly west of the steering wheel. This is my long-serving Nokia being welcomed … Continue reading

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When smartphone sales hit 1.2 billion units in 2017, where will the retailer be?

We’ve talked before about the falling prices of handsets, but a recent report from Informa Telecoms & Media reckons that the increasing demand for smartphones, especially entry-level models, is going to see changes in handset-retail business between now and 2018. … Continue reading

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Informa study highlights sales potential for basic mobile phones

Everyone has a smartphone. Well, not quite! But nonetheless, there appear to be some strong regional variations in terms of which devices are popular where, with no one device being truely uinversally popular. BlackBerry offers more than just a phone, … Continue reading

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Smartphone strategies: innovation v low-price. Which way to go?

There is an expression in the UK ‘as cheap as chips’. Not computer chips but fried potato chips (I have fried a computer chip, although not intentionally). Mobile operators are rapidly orientating their networks and their marketing towards data, but … Continue reading

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Asian smartphone shipments to account for 42.3% of global market by 2016

African smartphone shipments to double by 2016: there is already a remarkable 35 million smartphones expected to be shipped to Africa in 2013, but according to Porto Research’s ‘Mobile Factbook 2013’ this will double by the end of 2016, and … Continue reading

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African smartphone shipments to grow nearly 40% by end-2016

Given the hype surrounding smartphones, one might be excused for thinking that they would continue to flood the market until such time everyone has one, and then – and only then – would the uptake of phones slacken. Some data … Continue reading

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Calls from a smartphone fail four times more often than from a feature phone: EU regulators call for action…

When you make a call on your mobile that fails, who is to blame? Is it the operator for its poor coverage or could it be the manufacturer of your device? This week the Danish regulator, along with Estonia, Finland, … Continue reading

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Annual smartphone shipments to hit 1.095 billion in 2016; representing 50% of all shipments

Last week I was intrigued to find that a survey conducted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the United Arab Emirates of mobile phone handsets by manufacturer, model and operating system had found that Nokia is still the phone … Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific will make 43.1% of all mobile phones in 2016: USA & Europe to lose out

How do you know if your mobile phone is a fake and does it matter? I had to fly home from the States a couple of days after the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot to detonate liquid explosives using water bottles … Continue reading

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Independent retailers are now challenging the mobile operators in the handset market

Julio Puschel of Informa Telecoms & Media writes: > Although mobile operators still dominate the telecom retail market, they are facing increasing competition from independent specialist and mass-market retailers. > Tablets and smartphones are opening a series of opportunities to … Continue reading

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