4/30/2010 10:04:00 AM
RIM breaks into top five manufacturers
RIM broke into top five manufacturers for the first time ever during the quarter ended 31 March 2010.
The Blackberry maker took its position at the expense of Sony Ericsson, which sold 10.5 million units, compared with RIM's 10.6 million handsets, according to research firm IDC.
The move marks a shift in the global market, which has been dominated by Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson for the last five years.
IDC said all manufacturers in total made 295 million phones in the quarter, up 21.7% from a year ago.
The entrance of RIM into the top five 'underscores the sustained smartphone growth trend that is driving the global mobile phone market recovery', IDC analyst Kevin Restivo said in a statement.
Motorola sold 8.5 million phones in the quarter, falling behind Apple, which sold 8.75 million iPhones.