High-end mobile phones 'becoming commonplace'
High-end mobile phones such as the BlackBerry and the Apple iPhone are no longer being used solely by businesses, an expert has claimed.
Karl Sharpe of Mobile-phones.co.uk stated that consumers are wanting to do much more with their mobile phone handsets these days than simply make calls and send text messages and credited the iPhone with helping to drive the market forwards, even though other smartphones are proving to be popular as well.
"People looking for iPhone alternatives have gone for the Blackberry Storm or a handset like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1," he remarked. "The upcoming Nokia N97 will almost certainly see in another boost for the smartphone market."
Trade in mobilephones was up by five to six per cent during 2008, according to Juniper Research report Next Generation Smartphones: Players, opportunities and Forecasts 2008-2013.
The study estimated that 13 per cent of all mobile phones sold were smartphones and predicted that this figure will increase to approximately 23 per cent by 2013.
Growth in smartphone sales over the course of the year were reported by Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Apple, the market analyst suggested.