Messaging phones (you know, the ones featuring QWERTY keyboards) are becoming more and more popular all over the world, and especially in the US and Canada.
Now, who do you think is leading the North American messaging phone market? It’s not Research in Motion, although all its BlackBerries have QWERTY keyboards.
It’s LG, the world’s third largest handset maker, which managed to sell about 11.8 million messaging phones in North America in 2008 only.
Overall, there were 33.7 million such phones shipped in North America last year (smartphones included), thus LG controls a third of the market.
The latest messaging phone from LG is Verizon’s LG Versa, a touchscreen handset that has a detachable QWERTY keyboard and can be bought for as low as $199.
Source: Telecoms Korea (subscription needed to view the article).
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