Mobile devices market grows by 225%

Western Europe’s mobile devices market grew by 225% in 2Q03, compared to the same period last year, as continued buoyancy within the converged device market and a strong quarter for handheld devices drove growth.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  July 29, 2003

Western Europe’s mobile devices market grew by 225% in 2Q03, compared to the same period last year, as continued buoyancy within the converged device market and a strong quarter for handheld devices drove growth. Furthermore, analysts at IDC report that this growth was achieved despite a lack of new product offerings.

Nokia and Sony Ericsson accounted for the majority of shipments, with the P800 continuing to account for an increasing percentage of Sony Ericsson's handset sales, at 7% of its overall handset volumes in Western Europe in 2Q03. Nokia continued to gain traction through heavy operator involvement, which assisted the promotion of its 3650 smart phone. Pocket PC Phone edition device sales remained at modest levels.

IDC also reports that sales of standalone handheld devices improved by 42% due to the success of new product lines from HP and Palm. Price-cutting initiatives were also instigated by many Pocket PC vendors in order to make way for the Microsoft operating system refresh of Pocket PC 2002.

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