Mobile Phone Shipments Skyrocket in Q1

Paul Lilly

Rebounding from a market contraction in the first quarter of 2009, mobile phone shipments surged by 21.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to market research firm IDC. Increased demand for smartphones played a big role in overall mobile phone performance, with vendors shipping 249.9 million units in Q1 of this year compared to 242.4 million in Q1 2009.

The growing demand for smartphones also helped Research In Motion (RIM) wiggle its way into the top 5 vendor rankings for the first time ever. RIM jumped ahead of Motorola to tie Sony Ericsson for the No. 4 spot in IDC's 1Q10 vendor rankings.

"The entrance of RIM into the top 5 underscores the sustained smartphone growth trend that is driving the global mobile phone market recovery," noted Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker. "This is also the first time a vendor has dropped out of the top 5 since the second quarter of 2005, when Sony Ericsson grabbed the number 5 spot from BenQ Siemens."

IDC predicts the worldwide mobile phone market rebound will last throughout 2010, though not necessarily at the same clip as the first quarter performance.

"We are still expecting growth of 11 percent for 2010," IDC said.

Image Credit: IDC

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