“The cellphone manufacturers are getting slammed by the global economic crisis. Worldwide shipments are expected to decline for the first time since 2001,” Mary Jane Irwin reports for Forbes.
“Worldwide, cellphone shipments growth will drop by 1.9%, says IDC. But despite the doom and gloom recently espoused from Motorola, Nokia and Qualcomm, who have had to revise 2009 guidance or adopt cost-saving measures, there is a bright spot: The Apple iPhone is safe,” Irwin reports. “U.S. smartphone sales shipments surged 75.7% in 2008 compared with a 9.8% decline in the traditional mobile handset market. This year, after all, has been huge for smartphones with the release of the iPhone 3G…”
“With consumers saving cash, it is unlikely they will be upgrading their handsets with the same intensity, but IDC predicts shipments will continue to grow by 3.1% and jump to 28.2% in 2010,” Irwin reports. “Worldwide, smartphone shipments are expected to increase by 8.9% next year. Meanwhile, non-smartphones will decline by 11.0% in the U.S. during 2009, forecasts the firm. Worldwide shipments are expected to fall by 3.5%.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]