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Mobile phone sales: Who are the toppers?

Last updated on: February 14, 2013 07:59 IST

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Mobile phone sales across the world fell to 1.75 billion units in 2012, a 1.7 per cent decline from 2011 sales, according to Gartner, Inc.

Smartphones continued to drive overall mobile phone sales, and the fourth quarter of 2012 saw record smartphone sales of 207.7 million units, up 38.3 percent from the same period last year.

"The last time the worldwide mobile phone market declined was in 2009," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this year." 

Take a look at the top 10 companies in terms of mobile phone sales in 2012...

Samsung (Rank 1)
Samsung ended the year in the No. 1 position, in both worldwide smartphone sales and overall mobile phone sales.

2012 sales: 385 million
2011 sales: 315 million
2012 market share: 22%

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Nokia (Rank 2)

2012 sales: 334 million
2011 sales: 422 million
2012 market share: 19.1%


Demand for feature phones remained weak in 2012 and in the fourth quarter. Feature phone sales totaled 264.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 19.3 percent year-on-year.

Gartner analysts expect feature phones sales to continue to fall in 2013. The sales of worldwide smartphone sales to end users will be close to 1 billion units in 2013, and overall mobile phone sales to end users are estimated to reach 1.9 billion units.

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Apple (Rank 3)

2012 sales: 130 million
2011 sales: 89 million
2012 market share: 7.5%

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ZTE (Rank 4)

2012 sales: 67 million
2011 sales: 56 million
2012 Market share: 3.9%

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LG Electronics (Rank 5)

2012 sales: 58 million
2011 sales: 86 million
2012 Market share: 3.3%

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Huawei Technologies (Rank 6)

2012 sales: 47 million
2011 sales: 40 million
2012 Market share: 2.7%

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TCL Communication (Rank 7)

2012 sales: 37 million
2011 sales: 34 million
2012 Market share: 2.1%

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Research In Motion (Rank 8)

2012 sales: 34 million
2011 sales: 51 million
2012 Market share: 2%

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Motorola (Rank 9)

2012 sales: 33 million
2011 sales: 40 million
2012 Market share: 1.9%

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HTC (Rank 10)

2012 sales: 32 million
2011 sales: 43 million
2012 Market share: 1.8%

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2012 sales: 587 million
2011 sales: 595 million
2012 Market share: 33.6%


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