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2011 'could see 472m smartphones shipped'

2011 'could see 472m smartphones shipped'14 June 2011 11:22:15

Over the course of 2011, as many as 472 million smartphones could potentially be shipped by vendors across the globe, new figures have suggested, some of which might make use of memory cards.

International Data Corporation noted that this compares to last year's overall shipment figure of just 305 million units.

The Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker published by the firm also indicates that year-over-year growth of 55 per cent could be seen in the smartphone market in 2011.

Citing some of the potential causes which have led to the rise in smartphone shipments, the company pointed out that lower average selling prices could be playing their part.

A statement published by the corporation added: "Increased phone functionality and lower-cost data plans among other factors ... make the devices more accessible to a wider range of users."

UK figures published by KPMG and YouGov recently suggested that smartphone ownership has now gone up to 36 per cent.ADNFCR-2752-ID-800577755-ADNFCR

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