Global mobile phone shipments rose 2.4% Y/Y in Q3, says IDC, while smartphone shipments rose...

|By:, SA News Editor

Global mobile phone shipments rose 2.4% Y/Y in Q3, says IDC, while smartphone shipments rose 45.3% (Strategy Analytics only estimates 35%). The figures are up from Q2's -1.5% and 42.5%, and (if accurate) bode well for mobile chip demand. Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) phone share stood at 23.7% (up 360 bps Y/Y), Nokia's (NOK) at 18.7% (down 580 bps), and Apple's at 6.1% (up 220 bps). HTC and RIM saw their smartphone shares fall by more than half, and Nokia fell out of the top-5 altogether.