Smartphone sales to overtake basic mobiles in 2013


It has been a long time coming, but analysts at IDC now believe that mobile manufacturers will sell more smartphones this year than less advanced feature phones.

In total, the smartphone will account for just 50.1 per cent of the market, which means its victory will be by a very slim margin, if it does actually come to pass.

That does mean an impressive 916.6 million smartphones will be purchased in 2013, rising to 1.5 billion by the year 2017, according to experts.

Shrinking prices are helping smartphones to grow in popularity and it will be emerging markets that fuel growth in sales, because Western Europe and the US are already quite saturated.

Within four years, China will account for about 30 per cent of the market, roughly ten times the predicted 3.1 per cent stake held by the UK.

India will experience the most significant growth, with its three per cent share in 2013 rising to over 10 per cent in 2017.

Interestingly, we will not see the complete extinction of feature phones by 2017, since analysts believe that they will still be accountable for a third of all mobile sales.

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