Apple iPhone takes third place in Q3 global smartphone sales

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There’s no denying the almost magical draw of the iPhone and the world of good it’s done for Apple’s bottom line. A new report from Gartner today backs up that notion with data that has the Apple iPhone accounting for 17.1% of global smartphone sales in Q3 2009. That figure puts Apple in the No. 3 spot, behind Nokia and Research In Motion (BlackBerry), as far as global smartphone market share.

Apple shipped some 7 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2009. The continued success of smartphones like the iPhone is fueled by a disproportionate growth in the mobile phone market that has the smartphone segment growing 12.8% year-on-year while the overall mobile phone segment languished with just 0.1% year-over-year growth.

It’s clear that smartphones are here to stay and will soon become the “norm” in the mobile space. Can Apple sustain its third-place position in the face of hot new smartphones running the Android operating system? It’s going to be a tough battle, and we can’t wait to watch it all unfold.

[Via: MacRumors]

  • walid

    I am sick and tired of the hearing how the Iphone is the best thing that ever hapenned! Iphone is a toy… the media needs to stop pumping the Iphone… U want a smartphone then check the Nokia N900! the bus stops here!

  • BBGuy

    Agree with walid, but I sure wish I knew what turns apple customers into fanboys most of the time. Even more interesting is their unwillingness to talk about problems. It’s almost as if they are sticking by their deformed child, so that people can’t say they are dumb for drinking the Kool Aid. Whatever it is, it seems to work for Apple, and its influence on the smartphone market can’t be ignored, no matter how dumb their users are for following the farmer to the slaughter. :)

  • Steven

    Walid & BBguy, It’s nice that you are maintaining loyalty to the brands you grew up on. It’s hard for some people to see that their favourite things are no longer the best thing on the market. As a previous Nokiafile, and then a BB addict for 7 years, I too tried to resist the change. Eventually I came to realise that it was like saying ‘No I’ll continue to ride my horse as I don’t see how these mechanical contraptions you call a car can be any good. They need to be filled up with gas & stuff”. Sure the iphone has it’s failings but they are far outweighed by the good stuff. Enjoy your horses.

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