Global mobile phone shipments breached 1.6 billion units in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia still on top

Global mobile phone shipments breached 1.6 billion units in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia still on top

A charger on every nightstand and a phone in every pocket — it could be a presidential slogan, but it’s really just reality. According to research from Strategy Analytics, a staggering 1.6 billion mobile phones were shipped (not sold) globally in 2012, and 700 million of them were smartphones . Samsung, Nokia and Apple, in that order, were the biggest movers of handsets, though the latter two change places when it comes to smartphones — Espoo only shipped 35 million to Cupertino’s 135, while Samsung topped the trio at 213 million devices shipped. Surprising? Hardly — smartphone sales climbed throughout 2012 , and the aforementioned manufacturers have been kings of the category since last February

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Global mobile phone shipments breached 1.6 billion units in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia still on top

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