Apple iPhone Reaches 8.3% Global Mobile Phone Market

Apple had a great 2011, where there are now some new stats to illustrate the point; Strategy Analytics reveals that the iPhone accounted for 8.3% of the worldwide mobile phone market (not only including smartphones) in Q4 of 2011 - more than double the share for the same period last year.

The company sold 37 million iPhones in Q4, making a total amount for the year of 93 million handsets shipped worldwide; this final number means the tech company had a 6% share of the world market, Apple Insider reports.

"Apple's growth was fueled by intense demand for its refreshed iPhone 4S, as well as the availability of three generations of iPhones at a variety of price points at operators like AT&T in the United States," Strategy Analytics associate director Alex Spektor commented.

China is already Apple's second largest market in terms of revenue, and Strategy Analytics expects the country to provide massive growth for the American company in 2012.

As far as the rest of the handset market is concerned, Nokia maintains its top position having shipped 113.5 million units last year, while Samsung comes in at second place with 95 million.

"Nokia's global handset shipments declined 8 percent annually to 113.5 million units in Q4 2011. Volumes were buoyed by the sales of Nokia's low-end dual-SIM models in emerging markets like Southeast Asia, but were a little soft overall, as initial shipments of Microsoft Lumia phones could not offset declining Symbian sales", Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics notes.