Nokia Outdoes iPhone in Smartphone Sales 2 to 1

While Nokia is suffering a mass exodus of execs and its latest flagship – the N8 – received horrid reviews, it’s still managing to outsell Apple’s iPhone 2 to 1 in terms of smartphones. Of course, this isn’t a surprise since the Finnish company has a tremendous global presence and is the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer.

MSNBC reports:

A Bloomberg story reports that the struggling Finnish giant sold 26.5 million smartphones in the quarter, exceeding analyst expectations in its 61 percent increase over the year before during the same time period.

But in the United States, Nokia devices account for only 7.6 percent of the market share, as of August, according to comScore. (Samsung is the feudal overlord in this category, with LG, Motorola and Research in Motion bowing down to it ahead of Nokia, in that order.)

Again, as expected, Nokia is doing much better globally than it is in the United States. But with Android and the iPhone constantly expanding its global footprint, one has to wonder how long those Finns can sustain this success – if you can call it that.

We’ve mentioned it here on IntoMobile several times that value share is taking over market share. Several folks have pointed out that huge companies like GM have sold tens of millions of products, but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily any good. Moreover, it was recently noted that Apple’s profits and earnings were much higher than HTC, RIM, Nokia and Motorola combined. So while Nokia is selling more smartphones, Apple’s raking in all the dough.

Apple only shipped 14.1 million iPhone handsets during the quarter, whereas the Finnish smartphone maker shipped 26.5 million – nearing double the sales of the iPhone. Of course, there are only two models of the iPhone being sold to date – the iPhone 4 and 8GB 3GS – while there are a number of Nokia smartphones on the market.

Additionally, Nokia is cutting 1,800 jobs from its Symbian and Ovi legs and is focusing its efforts on MeeGo. I’d say this is the wiser move given the frustration that most technology journalists expressed during its review of the N8. One respected and knowledgeable journalist even said he “wanted to throw this phone through a window, it was so frustrating to use.”

[Via: MSNBC]

  • JW

    Amazing…. another Nokia hater. Pile it on. Why just fury over a cell phone maker that in many ways represents an entire peace-loving country?

  • Jerry1ken

    This results were before the new crop of symbian devices (N8 and C7). Maybe you should be using the picture of a 5800 vs iPhone. Secondly value share is only valuable to stock holders. Why should I buy a phone A at USD800 when I can get a similar phone B at USD 500 (minus the eye candy transitions) unless of course I own shares in Company A.

    The majority of us care about value for money . . in case you haven’t noticed a large part of the global economy is in recession!

    I believe fourth quarter results will determine if really Nokia and symbian are going down south performance wise.

  • Jerry1ken

    This results were before the new crop of symbian devices (N8 and C7). Maybe you should be using the picture of a 5800 vs iPhone. Secondly value share is only valuable to stock holders. Why should I buy a phone A at USD800 when I can get a similar phone B at USD 500 (minus the eye candy transitions) unless of course I own shares in Company A.

    The majority of us care about value for money . . in case you haven’t noticed a large part of the global economy is in recession!

    I believe fourth quarter results will determine if really Nokia and symbian are going down south performance wise.

  • Jerry1ken

    This results were before the new crop of symbian devices (N8 and C7). Maybe you should be using the picture of a 5800 vs iPhone. Secondly value share is only valuable to stock holders. Why should I buy a phone A at USD800 when I can get a similar phone B at USD 500 (minus the eye candy transitions) unless of course I own shares in Company A.

    The majority of us care about value for money . . in case you haven’t noticed a large part of the global economy is in recession!

    I believe fourth quarter results will determine if really Nokia and symbian are going down south performance wise.

  • Jerry1ken

    This results were before the new crop of symbian devices (N8 and C7). Maybe you should be using the picture of a 5800 vs iPhone. Secondly value share is only valuable to stock holders. Why should I buy a phone A at USD800 when I can get a similar phone B at USD 500 (minus the eye candy transitions) unless of course I own shares in Company A.

    The majority of us care about value for money . . in case you haven’t noticed a large part of the global economy is in recession!

    I believe fourth quarter results will determine if really Nokia and symbian are going down south performance wise.

  • Wow, I don’t really keep up with what is going on with smartphones but this is surprising to me. You’d think Apple would be far and away #1 based on the press they get.

  • Wow, I don’t really keep up with what is going on with smartphones but this is surprising to me. You’d think Apple would be far and away #1 based on the press they get.

  • Wow, I don’t really keep up with what is going on with smartphones but this is surprising to me. You’d think Apple would be far and away #1 based on the press they get.

  • eatadic

    peace loving country?????? hahahahaha lolololol

  • eatadic

    peace loving country?????? hahahahaha lolololol

  • eatadic

    peace loving country?????? hahahahaha lolololol

  • Anonymous

    “mass exodus of execs” LOL I stopped reading there.

    Haters are always gonna hate.

  • Anonymous

    Why are my comments automatically being sent for moderator approval and eventually not published, even though there is no obscene language used in any comments unlike some other commenters.

    The above applies to any post to I reply. Not just this one.

    • Anonymous

      My complaint showed up here, but my actual comments don’t show up here. That’s very unethical on Intomobile’s part. Well….

  • Chris

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    I have a nokia and love it.. its a non touchscreen phone (E72) and after you do all the setup and configuration everything is there.. Wifi Hotspot Creation thru Joikuspot, beautiful iphone style texting with isms-free, Google maps, facebook & contact sync, youtube, full tabbed browsing with flash, bright flashlight within 5 seconds of unpocketing, 5mp camera that takes GREAT pictures & panoramas, front facing camera, compass.. I can do anything while i’m on a phonecall and have internet speeds of 3.6mbps download and 2.1mbps up over 3.5g on ATT in residential areas in and surrounding Houston, Tx.

  • Roger

    The N8 has received mostly extremely positive reviews globally, with many saying it’s perfect and the best smartphone ever made. If you’re hilighting the tiny minority of horrid reviews by a bunch of known Apple and Android fanboys then it only marks you out as one too I’m afraid.

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