Research in Motion has managed, for the first time in its history, to enter the top five phone makers. The Canadian company sold 10.6 million BlackBerry devices in the first quarter of 2010 – more than Sony Ericsson and Motorola.
Sony Ericsson is now the world’s fifth largest phone maker, while Motorola is no longer in top five.
RIM’s excellent results were helped by the fact that smartphone sales grew quickly in the last few years. The company’s achievement is even more impressive in the light of the fact that it sells only smartphones – unlike the other top 5 companies, which also sell feature phones. RIM plans to launch BlackBerry 6 OS later this year, as well as several new devices, so the future seems quite bright.
As expected, there are no surprises when it comes to the world’s first three largest phone makers. Nokia leads with 107.8 million phones sold. Samsung follows with 64.3 million units sold, and LG takes the third place with 27.1 million handsets shipped.
Overall, 294.9 million mobile phones were sold around the world during the first quarter of 2010 – a 21.7% increase over the first quarter of 2009.
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