News by Todd Haselton on Monday February 01, 2010.
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According to research firm Strategy Analytics, 53 million smartphones were sold globally in Q4 2009. That's up 30 percent from the 41 million sold in the same quarter of 2008. 173.8 million smartphones were sold in 2009 altogether, a 15 percent increase from the 151.1 million sold in 2008.
Nokia was responsible for the most smartphone sales, racking up 20.8 million sales worldwide, a 38 percent increase from the same quarter a year earlier. Strategy Analytics said Nokia's E71 and E72 smartphones were big sellers. Research in Motion sold 10.7 million smartphones during the quarter, also a company record, which was 2 million more than Apple sold during the same period.
The firm says Nokia had a 39 percent hold of the smartphone market in 2009, a 1 percent decrease from 2008. RIM gained 4.3 points for a 19.8 percent hold in 2009, while Apple grew 5.3 points for a 14.1 percent grip on the smartphone market.
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