According to Forbes.com, Apple is now the largest U.S. maker of mobile phones. After selling a total of 8.8 million iPhones in the first quarter of this year, Apple surpassed Motorola as the largest U.S. maker of phones. To compare, Motorola sold a total of 8.5 million phones in the same quarter.
Despite losing its spot as the No. 1 maker of mobile phones, Motorola managed to post an unexpected profit in the first quarter thanks to sales of its new phones which outdid the company's forecasts. Four years ago, Motorola sold 46.1 million phones in the first quarter. Now, the market has changed and run-of-the-mill phones such as Motorola's one-popular Razr are not as profitable or popular. In an attempt to turn around the slide in phone sales, Motorola has refocused its efforts to smartphones such as the company's DROID. In the first three months of the year, Motorola sold 2.3 million smartphones.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide mobile Phone Tracker, the worldwide mobile phone market grew 21.7% in the first quarter of 2010 (1Q10). Statistics from the IDC also show that Motorola lost its spot in the top 5 vendor rankings. For the first time, Research In Motion moved into the top 5 by tying Sony Ericsson for the No. 4 position. To compare, RIM shipped 10.6 million units in the first quarter while Motorola shipped 8.5 million units. Motorola had been a top 5 vendor since the IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was created in 2004.
Not surprised here as Apple set the standard for what a smart phone should be. Like them or not, one must give them their due the iphone was revolutionary. On that note if the Windows 7 phone does not pan out as advertised I will get myself an iPhone. The only reason I have not bought one yet is because I am hoping Windows phone will have a lower monthly bill.
I would have liked to see Apple, Motorola, and HTC listed in the table above. I was confused at first why apple wasn't listed, then realized the article is about US manufacturers, but the table shows worldwide shipments.
Is all about marketshares and they are growing :)
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Made in Taiwan! Gotta love it!
Yeah just keep sending our ideas and money over there, so other countries can see an American need and fill it. What happens when we run out of money, you think they are going to be buying their rice bowls with a made in America sticker on the bottom.
$61.8 billion USD (2009) Foxconn
Employee death and loss of iPhone prototype
On July 16, 2009, employee Sun Danyong allegedly committed suicide in Shenzhen, China by jumping off the 12th floor of his apartment building. Initial reports from China indicates that Sun was under a lot of pressure because of investigations by Foxconn's Environmental, Safety and Loss Prevention Division regarding a missing prototype for a fourth generation iPhone. He was tasked with shipping 16 iPhone prototype units. However, one of the units went missing during the process.
Upon filing his report on July 13, Chinese state-run Southern Metropolis Daily reported that his residence was searched by Foxconn employees, and that he was beaten and interrogated by his superiors. Sina Online News and ND Daily Newspaper both reported Foxconn's security division may have used illegal approaches including illegal search of personal residence without warrant, unlawful confinement and possible physical force during the investigation. The controversial incident placed questions regarding Apple's secrecy over upcoming releases of its products, where misplacing prototypes serves as a serious breach of protocol.
Foxconn has released an official statement apologizing to the family on this incident. The statement also indicated that the manager in question has been suspended and an official police investigation has begun. Regarding the incident, an Apple spokesman told reporters that the company was "saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee." Apple is, to date, still using Foxconn as its main supplier.
Thanks Apple...You Numba one!
la guy 10: "I am hoping Windows phone will have a lower monthly bill"
Yes, the Apple, "Pleasure Of Doing Business With Us" tax is a beoch. Every thing they sell is expensive, but works as advertised and is elegant as well. They DO deliver the goods, but hardly ever do they lower their prices.
I too, hope to see competitors come up with efficient and elegant products at more realistic prices.
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