Gartner: Global cellphone sales fell in 2012

Gartner: Global cellphone sales fell in 2012

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HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 03: An exhibitor shows a Emporia mobile phone for elderly people during a trade fair at the ?Seniorentag 2012? senior citizens convention on May 3, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The three-day long convention caters specifically to the needs of elderly people, who in Germany, as in the rest of Europe, are becoming an increasingly higher portion of the overall population. Europe as a whole, through its low birth rates and improving health care, is undergoing a demographic shift that has far-reaching consequences for labor markets, public policy planning and government budgets. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 10:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Research firm Gartner says worldwide cellphone sales fell last year, as economic turmoil dampened shopper appetites.

   The decline was 1.7 percent, and it was the first time since 2009 that cellphone sales have fallen, Gartner says. Sales amounted to 1.75 billion units, meaning that one out of every four people on the planet bought a new cellphone last year.

   A competing research firm, IDC, last month said that sales grew at 1.2 percent last year.

   The firms agree that smartphone sales grew quickly, while non-smartphone sales declined by a roughly equal number.

   Samsung Electronics of Korea is the world's largest maker of phones, followed by Finland's Nokia Corp. and Apple Inc. of the US, according to both research firms.

 

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