In a First, Smartphones Outpace Regular Ones
Samsung leads the way in units shipped, with Apple in second
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 1:50 PM CDT
Updated Apr 26, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
A customer tries out a Samsung mobile phone.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – It's a tech milestone: For the first time, more smartphones were shipped in a quarter than regular mobile phones, reports PC Magazine. Market Research firm IDC says 216.2 million of the 418.6 million mobiles shipped in the first three months of the year were of the smartphone variety. An IDC analyst says it's not complicated: "Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away."

Samsung again led the way with 70.7 million phones, followed by Apple (37.4 million), LG (10.3 million), and Chinese companies Huawei (9.9 million) and ZTE (9.1 million). The figures take into account phones shipped, not sold, notes Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica, but they're still telling. "They show that companies' efforts to cater to 'emerging markets' is paying off, and we expect smartphone shipments will only continue to outpace those of dumbphones as these efforts intensify."

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Apr 28, 2013 3:33 AM CDT
We five PCs in our homes. I built 4 of them. Two got major overhauls within the past year, one was brand new about a year ago. I still don't have a smartphone because they're still outrageously expensive compared to "regular" phones, and I don't do enough buying or traveling to make use of one. I wouldn't mind playing with it, but for $50 more a month for both me and the wife to have one, no thanks.
Apr 27, 2013 12:58 AM CDT
I wonder if anyone still posses a skill set to dial out with nothing but a landline wire and a speaker... 911 should have always been 313
Apr 26, 2013 6:38 PM CDT
I have a regular cell phone that cost less than $5 a month and use it about every other week for emergencies. I have no desire to text, it is boring.