Samsung stays focused on camera phone sales

Samsung isn’t letting the Saudi clampdown on camera phones affect its plans for the region. The vendor said this week that market demand is strong for colour camera phones.

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By  Peter Branton Published  June 3, 2004

Samsung isn’t letting the Saudi clampdown on camera phones affect its plans for the region. The vendor said this week that market demand is strong for colour camera phones. Previewing some of its new mobile models for the rest of this year, Ramdas Rajamani, sales and marketing manager, Samsung Gulf Electronics, said that “Samsung is poised to fuel the growth of the colour and camera phone segment in the Middle East market through innovative colour/camera models.” The company previewed its new models for 60 distributor partners from around the region at a summit in Dubai. In April, Samsung had said it would also introduce non-camera phones to fulfill the demand in the market for Saudi Arabia. “With regard to sale of non-camera phones… our sales are growing rapidly,” Rajamani said at the time. Other companies, including rival LG Electronics have also said that sales of non-camera phone models should make up the short-fall caused by the Saudi clampdown. Camera phones have always been subject to a ban in Saudi Arabia, however publicity generated by a number of incidents earlier in the year has seen it enforced much more rigorously this year.

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