Apple Now Holds 17% of Worldwide Smartphone Market Share

Research firm Gartner issued a report on Thursday covering worldwide mobile phone sales for the third quarter of 2009. The report ranked Apple in third place for worldwide market share of smartphones, grabbing 17.1% of that market in finishing behind market leader Nokia and Research in Motion.

Apple’s recent iPhone sales totalled 7 million units in the third quarter of 2009 following the continued rollout of the iPhone 3GS in new countries. Its ASP is holding steady and sales in the fourth quarter should be even stronger as Apple starts selling in China, through one additional carrier in the UK, and in an additional 16 countries.
Overall, the mobile phone market experienced only 0.1% growth over the year-ago quarter, but smartphones continued their strong performance, growing 12.8% year-over-year to represent.

Apple’s share of the smartphone market has fluctuated significantly since the device’s 2007 introduction as purchasing patterns have been affected by the company’s product release cycle, seasonal variations in the industry, and introductions into new countries or wireless carriers. The general trend, however, indicates that Apple continues to outperform its competitors in the mobile phone industry as it builds market share in the fastest growing segment in the industry.

[Via MacRumors]

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