Reliance JioPhone tops global feature phone market in Q1: Report

By IANS | Published on 25 May 2018
Reliance JioPhone tops global feature phone market in Q1: Report
HIGHLIGHTS

JioPhone bagged 15 percent share of the global feature phone market in Q1 2018 and was followed by HMD Global with 14 percent and iTel with 13 percent.

Advertisements

Access Open Source Technology

Innovate w/ IBM and Discover New Open Source Technology Today. Learn More.

Click here to know more

With a share of 15 per cent, Reliance JioPhone grabbed the top spot in the global feature phone market in the first quarter of 2018 followed by Nokia HMD, iTel, Samsung and Tecno, a new report said on Thursday. Driven by strong shipments of Reliance JioPhone in India and the return of Nokia HMD, the global feature phone market grew 38 per cent annually in the first quarter of 2018, Counterpoint's latest report said.

Nokia HMD had 14 per cent market share while iTel got 13 per cent, Samsung grabbed six per cent and Tecno also had six per cent market share in the global feature phone market.

"There are still around half-a-billion feature phones sold every year and these continue to serve the needs of the roughly two billion feature phones users globally. This is still a huge market catering to a diverse user base, many of whom still prefer feature phones over smartphones," the market research firm said in a statement.

India alone contributed to almost 43 per cent of the total feature phone shipments in the first quarter of 2018.

"Some feature phone users also suffer from digital, economic or literacy divides and face barriers to adopt relatively expensive smartphones and data plans," the research firm added.

Feature phone segment still has a huge opportunity that remains to be exploited by the mobile industry.

logo
IANS

Indo-Asian News Service

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of Thinkdigit.com as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership-the 9.9 kind! Building a leading media company out of India.And,grooming new leaders for this promising industry.

DMCA.com Protection Status