According to high-tech research firm Canalys around 2,320,824 iPhones were sold compared with 2,301,260 million Motorola smart phone devices sold in the same period.
In France and the UK iPhone sales beat smart phone smart phone sales by SonyEricsson, Samsung and Palm says Canalys. Worldwide this gave Apple a 6.5 per cent share of the smart phone sector in Q4.
Nokia was number one with a 52.9 per cent share from 11,114,630 smart phones shipped. “When you consider that it launched part way through the year, with limited operator and country coverage, and essentially just one product, Apple has shown very clearly that it can make a difference and has sent a wakeup call to the market leaders,” said Pete Cunningham, Canalys senior analyst.
“What it must demonstrate now is that it can build a sustainable business in the converged device space, expanding its coverage and product portfolio. It will also need to ensure that the exclusive relationships that got it so far so quickly do not prove to be a limit on what it can achieve."