Nokia Snickering Behind Apple's Back
The company shipped 112 million units for the quarter, a record for the industry. Nokia now predicts that 1.1 billion mobile devices will be sold this year, up from 978 million in 2006. The company's results follow strong profit reports from mobile-phone rivals LG, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson in the third quarter. Michael Walkley, a wireless technology analyst at Piper Jaffray, says the fact that so many of the handset makers are doing well underscores the robust demand for mobile phones, even in a relatively benign pricing environment. Motorola, another top rival, is slated to report results on Oct. 25.
So Nokia has plenty of competition for the low-end market, but they seem to be the only people who know how to make money there. But they'll take one half Apple's iPhone profit margins --with 120 times more sales.