423 Million Handsets sold in 2002

WSJ reports that the cellphone sales were ahead of estimates, showing a 6% growth over the previous year. The reason: “More consumers than expected were lured into shops by flashy color screens and multimedia messaging, known as MMS, which allows photos and sound to be sent between mobile phones.”

Nokia’s market share was at 35.8%, Motorola second at 15.3% and Samsung third at 9.8%. 2003 is expected to see continuing growth.

There’s a related article on Qualcomm, whose “technology fuels 13% of the world’s wireless subscribers, and the company is feverishly working to expand into new markets including India and China.” Qualcomm owns a near monopoly on CDMA patents.

CDMA is now the most popular cellphone standard in North America, where it is used by Verizon Wireless, with 32.5 million subscribers, and the No. 4 U.S. carrier, Sprint PCS, which has about 17 million. The technology also dominates the cellphone-rich market of South Korea. Last year, the number of CDMA subscribers grew by 31%.

13% of the world’s 1.1 billion cellphone users are on CDMA, with GSM being the global leader, powered by its strong position in Europe and Asia.


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