IDC and Strategy Analytics Note Handset Declines

On the heels of my post regarding sharply declining sales by the world’s five leading handset vendors in the second quarter of 2009, I note that Wireless Week ran a story on new market-research reports by Strategy Analytics and IDC, both of which suggest that second-quarter global handset shipments were indeed down, but not as prostrate as in previous quarters.

That’s what passes for good news these days.

Strategy Analytics says global handset shipments reached 273 million units in the second quarter, a decrease of 8 percent compared to shipments in the same quarter last year. For its part, IDC reported that handset vendors shipped a total of 269.6 million units worldwide, down 10.8 percent from 302.2 million units in the second quarter a year ago.

As for market share, IDC paints a picture similar to the one depicted by Mobile Entertainment. IDC estimates that Nokia held a 38.3 percent global market share in the second quarter, followed by Samsung with 19.4 percent, LG with 11.1 percent, and Motorola with 5.5 percent. Sony Ericsson accounted for 5.1 percent share, and “others” totaled 20.7 percent. Those “others” usually get a sizeable chunk.

In its market outlook, IDC sees consumer demand for high-end handsets. Apple is feasting in the high-end smartphone category, with Strategy Analytics estimating that the Cupertino, Calif.-based vendor shipped 5.2 million iPhones worldwide in the second quarter.

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