According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, mobile phone
shipments in the
defied the economic gloom and grew 5 percent annually, to reach 42 million
units during Q2 2008. Motorola had a strong quarter and maintained its number
one position in the region.
Bonny Joy, Analyst at Strategy Analytics said, "Despite economic fears
and a tightening on consumer-spend, mobile phone shipments in the United States
reached 41.9 million units during Q2 2008, up 5.3 percent from 39.8 million in
Q2 2007. Attractive bundling schemes from operators and a number of new handset
launches from vendors kept replacement rates at a healthy level."
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, "Motorola had a
good quarter and retained its number one position in the
with a 25.8 percent marketshare. Motorola's strong distribution network and
deep carrier-relationships proved crucial in maintaining share in both GSM and
CDMA markets. Motorola is not yet out of the woods, but these are encouraging,
early signs of stabilization."
Other findings from Strategy Analytics' report -- Blackberry Blows Past 10%
Blackberry achieved double-digit marketshare in the
for the first time. The Canadian firm is seeing huge success with its balanced
portfolio of consumer and enterprise handsets;
LG returned to second position in the
for the first time in almost 2 years, due partly to solid gains in the WCDMA
market at AT&T.