Prepare to see more BlackBerrys, Droids, Pres, iPhones and the like than traditional mobile phones in the very near future. In less than three years, smartphone sales will overtake the sale of standard mobile phones. That’s according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
“Smartphones are on track to post a 14.5 percent increase in the number of units sold worldwide in 2009, and a 21 percent compound annual growth rate from 2008 to 2013, significantly better than other mobile phone segments. While smartphone revenue is expected to dip in 2009 mainly due to price erosion and lower-ARPU units coming to market, we expect it to pick up in 2010 and continue growing, easily outstripping the combined revenue of standard mobile phones by 2012,” predicts Richard Webb, Infonetics Research’s directing analyst for mobile devices.
“On the vendor market share front, Apple’s smartphone share rose to 9 percent in the second quarter of 2009 on the strength of the iPhone 3G S. Competition for the iPhone is increasing though, with AT&T ‘s splashy launch of the Blackberry Bold 3G in partnership with RIM a prime example. And while iPhone applications are proliferating, the iPhone OS is sure to face stiff competition from the open-source Android platform. Apple will have to fight hard to drive its market share back above 10 percent,” Webb adds.
Among some of the report’s other highlights: