Apple’s global expansion of its iPhone is paying off nicely as the company has become the No. 4 mobile phone vendor worldwide, according to IDC.
In Apple’s wake sits Research in Motion (RIMM).
Here’s IDC’s scorecard:
Simply put, Apple’s rise is pretty amazing. In just a few short years, Apple (AAPL) has come from nowhere to become a large global player.
Other odds and ends from the IDC report:
- Vendors shipped 340.5 million units in the third quarter, up from 297.1 million a year ago.
- There are only two smartphone-only vendors in the rankings—Apple and RIM.
- Nokia has the lead, but really needs some smartphones to compete.