Wireless Device Strategies

First to market each quarter with the most accurate and detailed data on handset strategies. The industry’s most timely, consistent and accurate tracking of device vendor KPI metrics, as well as handset market sales and shipment forecasts.

January 3, 2014 18:11 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global LTE mobile phone revenues rose almost +200% annually during Q3 2013. Apple overtook Samsung to become the world's largest 4G handset vendor by revenue. Sony held third place in this high-value cellphone category. Nokia outperformed and represented the highest annual growth rate among major players. This published report, available to clients, provides quarterly global LTE handset shipments, wholesale (transfer) pricing, and revenue metrics for 17 major vendors from Q1 2011 to Q3 2013. The report is a vital tool for monitoring the financial health and tiered marketshare of leading LTE brands such as Nokia, HTC, BlackBerry, Samsung, Apple and others.


November 26, 2013 16:59 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global TD-SCDMA cellphone shipments doubled annually to overtake the sunsetting CDMA market in volume terms for the first time ever during the third quarter of 2013. Huge demand for low-cost TD-SCDMA models in China, from companies like Lenovo and Coolpad, is driving this milestone. More analysis and data can be downloaded by clients here.


March 27, 2013 12:35 nmawston

Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) team wrote a report in 2011 predicting Coolpad would be a fast-growing mobile phone microvendor of the future. Fast forward to 2013 and that prediction is on track to coming true. Coolpad, of China, has transitioned from microvendor to a known vendor. Coolpad is now a global top-15 mobile phone player and nearly a top-10 smartphone brand, having surged from almost nowhere two years ago. What is driving the growth? Keen pricing of 3G models, a good Android portfolio for entry users, and a solid retail presence in open channels across China are three main causes of its expansion. However, Coolpad's global growth is coming more in "volume" than "value". Recent financial results indicate profits softened last year. Coolpad will need a hot-selling flagship 3G or 4G phone for international markets (where profits can be larger) if it wants to strengthen profitability this year.


March 13, 2013 06:48 woh

Total global 3G & 4G phone shipments grew to record levels in 2012. For the first time ever, 3G and 4G technologies accounted for more than half of all mobile phones shipped worldwide. Which brands are the biggest players? What is the outlook for 2013? The full report - 3G / 4G Accounted for Half of All Mobile Phone Shipments in 2012 - available to the clients of our WDS (Wireless Device Strategies) service, will guide you on the global 3G/4G handset shipments from 2000 to 2012 and global 3G/4G handset vendor market share per each 3G/4G technology in 2012.


March 4, 2013 11:05 nmawston

Global mobile phone shipments overall remained flat annually in Q4 2012. However, the quarter witnessed phenomenal +1100% annual growth for LTE handset volumes, led by Apple and Samsung in developed markets. Meanwhile, 3G handset shipments slowed due to the spike in 4G demand. In this published report, available to clients of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, we provide quarterly handset shipments by protocol for the top-30 global vendors, for 9 cellular access technologies, from 2001 to 2012. This hugely detailed report is valuable for handset vendors, component makers, operators, IPR holders and other stakeholders who want to track the size of 2G, 3G and 4G mobile phone markets.


February 14, 2013 15:17 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, total worldwide mobile phone industry revenues grew a healthy +15% annually in Q4 2012. Profits and prices also increased due to a greater proportion of 3G and 4G models in the mix. Samsung and Apple dominate the industry and they are tightening their grip on value share, squeezing out almost all other rivals. This published report, available for download by clients, provides quarterly global handset average selling prices, revenues and profit metrics for multiple major handset vendors, from 2007 through 2012. Revenue share and profit share are also supplied. The report is a valuable tool for operators, component makers, automotive players and financial analysts who want to track the financial health of mobile phone makers.


February 14, 2013 15:08 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, Sony shipped 9 million mobile phones worldwide in Q4 2012. Its position in the high-growth LTE cellphone market has improved recently and its global 4G share doubled quarter-on-quarter. Sony remains under-penetrated in the huge US and China regions, but in other parts of the world, such as Japan and Sweden, the Japanese vendor has good potential to grow this year due to an improved Xperia portfolio and various marketing activities across Latin America. More analysis can be viewed by clients in this published report.


October 5, 2012 11:54 nmawston

This published report, from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, tracks 25 of the most-important emerging mobile phone "microvendors" on a quarterly basis, capturing a combined 7% global marketshare in H1 2012. Why are microvendors important? In a nutshell, microvendors are the potential stars of tomorrow's cellphone industry.

Micromax and Coolpad are currently the world’s “big two” microvendors that dominate cellphone volumes among tier-three players. In addition, many microvendors, such as Xiaomi of China, are currently growing faster than the overall market as they ramp up their output of 3G Android phones. More analysis can be viewed by clients here.


September 6, 2012 17:52 nmawston

According to new research from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, wholesale (trade) prices of mobile phones will rise +10% in Brazil during 2013. Among the "big four" emerging markets -- Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC) -- Brazil will experience the fastest growth in average selling prices next year. Brazil's pricing will grow two times quicker than China's. What is driving the uplift? Three main reasons: 3G, subsidies, and GDP. The tide of 3G phones being shipped is rising at a healthy clip. Subsidies for postpaid users remain present at some major carriers. And Brazil's citizens are getting wealthier (despite a recent slowdown), meaning they can afford pricier models. More analysis and forecasts of revenues, prices, and price-bands for Brazil through 2017 can be viewed by clients here.


July 17, 2012 14:24 Alex Spektor

Samsung, the world's largest handset vendor, has acquired the mobile division of CSR, a UK-based chipset maker. CSR's portfolio includes key technologies for mobile device connectivity, such as Bluetooth and WiFi, including the emerging 802.11ac standard. The US$310 million purchase brings two primary benefits to Samsung:

  1. The vertical integration of components to improve its supply chain, optimize BOM costs, and introduce a point of differentiation. Samsung already makes many of its own components, such as displays, flash memory, and application processors;
  2. The strengthening of the device vendor's patent portfolio to help with IPR battles. Samsung and rivals like Apple have been in courts around the world over patent infringement issues.

Samsung is strengthening its component assets for Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi, which should eventually strengthen its handset designs. If Samsung has great displays and great chips in-house, then that’s going to be a solid basis for technology differentiation and supply chain control that can give Samsung devices a competitive edge. Of course, in the longer term, Samsung may end up juggling too many component balls at once, and a sprawling components portfolio could potentially become a negative rather than a positive if they don’t keep things under control.