Smartphone Shipments Overtake Feature Phones for First Time
Image courtesy of Asif Iqbal Shaik

Image courtesy of Asif Iqbal Shaik

According to data from the Research firm International Data Corporation  (IDC), Smartphone shipments overtook feature phone shipments worldwide in the first quarter of this year for the first time ever.

The firm says that vendors shipped a total of 418.6 million mobile phones in Q1 of 2013, 216.2 million of which were smartphones which represented more than half the sale. Last year, 402.4 million units were shipped in first quarter while 483.2 million units were shipped in the fourth quarter.

According to Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC, “The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away.

Researhc has shown that the shift to a global majority of smartphones is now being driven by consumers in developing countries such as China, India and Indonesia.

“Smartphone demand is burgeoning in these large, populous nations as their respective economies have grown; this has made for a larger middle class that is prepared to buy smartphones,” IDC wrote in a report in March, which forecast that 2013 would go down as the first year that smartphones outshipped feature phones on an annual basis.

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