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Nokia's Collapse Costs It the Top Spot, Samsung Now No. 1

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Apr 27, 2012, 7:37 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

After 14 years, Nokia is no longer the world's largest supplier of cell phones, it has been replaced by Korean rival Samsung. According to data compiled by both IHS iSuppli and Strategy Analytics, Samsung sold 93 million cell phones during the first quarter of the year, giving it 25.4% of the market. Nokia sold 83 million in the first quarter, giving it 22.5% of the global market. Both firms saw sales decline in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, but Nokia's decline was much steeper at 27% compared to Samsung's drop of 13%. The research firms place Apple in third place, with 35 million sales in its most recent quarter. Though not all the handset makers have reported first quarter results, IHS iSuppli provisionally ranked RIM in fourth place with 11 million and LG in fifth place with 4 million. These rankings don't include results from Motorola.

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ibnturab

Apr 29, 2012, 5:06 PM

Fire Stephen Elop, The CEO of Nokia

If there is one reason why Nokia is doing so poorly, its because of actions of one man -- Stephen Elop. An ex-Microsoft employee, he compromised Nokia's future by betting it all on windows mobile, a 5th place OS (at the time). Multi-billion dollar companies typically have no feelings, no loyalties per se, and basically just one simple strategy -- do what it takes to make money . If something doesn't work, they dump it. If they have a choice of 2 good products, and are unsure, they'll release both and see which sells. Samsung's mobile division is a great example of this. They understand that Android is popular, so they flood the market with different size/shape androids. Samsung also understands that a small share of the market prefer windo...
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tether

Apr 27, 2012, 3:26 PM

Idiots! How is that Windoze Phone 7 working for you? R.I.P. Nokia

I really, really loved Nokia. In my opinion, they always made the phones with the best signal strength (antennas) & battery life. Previous I had a Nuron with T-Mobile & a Nokia E5 with Straight Talk/ATT. Both were great, inexpensive smartphones. While I didn't like Symbian as much as I do Android I found I probably liked it as much or better than Windows Mobile. I could not believe when Nokia, the #1 maker of all phones & smartphones worldwide, announced they would just abandon Symbian. Even if it would have been to just go "all-Android", I would have thought that to be a dumb decision but when I heard it was to go "all-Windows", I thought "they MUST be on crystal meth". What an incredibly poor decision. In my opinion, they should ha...
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The Nokia Lumia 900 is actually selling out, and international distribution has been delayed to do demand via AT&T. I admit, it may not be for me, but at a $100 is a good deal, and up until last week it was free on rebate.
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Andras888

Apr 27, 2012, 9:30 AM

No surprises

As the title says, no surprises, but Nokia must still be number one for battery life.
i havnt bouhgt a nokia for over 10 years!
where is the nokia windows mobile 6.0 phone?
nokia mobile 6.1 phone?
nokia mobile 6.5 phone?
nokia android phone?
nokia just too stupid to make stuffs that people actually wanna buy!
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This is what they get for during with WP7
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