Apple is now the fourth largest mobile phone supplier

– The iPhone 4 remains one of the most important products for Apple. Not only in the United States also in the rest of the world. According to a recent IDC report, Apple is already the fourth largest cell phone supplier in the world. In the third quarter of 2010, it overtook Sony Ericsson and RIM, enter the top 5 for the first time.

Nokia is still the company which sells most cellphones in the world, with around 110 million units in the quarter. Followed by Samsung with 71.4 million cellphones shipped, then LG with 28.4 million mobile phones, Apple with 14.1 million and finally RIM with 12.4 million phones delivered.

Apple’s growth is incredible. From 2009 to 2010 it has increased its sales by 90.5%. Nokia grew only 1.8%, while RIM increased its sales by 45.9%.

The market share seems to confirm the picture. Nokia is the clear the leader with 32.4%, while Samsung has 21%, LG 8.3%, Apple, 4.1% and RIM closes the Top 5 with 3.6% of the mobile phone market.

“The entry of Apple in the top 5 cell phone manufacturer list, highlights the growing importance of smart phones in the entire mobile device market. And furthermore: the companies that provide smartphones are the ones that grow fastest,” as stated by IDC senior researcher, Kevin Restivo.

Also in China.

The Apple phenomenon can be seen even in countries like China. When Steve Jobs and his team decided to open stores in the Far East country, the iPhones sold so fast that they stopped selling them at the stores they had to start selling them on the online Apple store. And even there they sold out in less than 10 hours and had to suspend sales. It should be noted that many of the purchases are made by resellers.

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