January 29, 2007 1:53 PM PST

Sony Ericsson takes No. 4 spot in handset shipments

Nokia is still the No. 1 mobile-handset manufacturer in the world, according to market researcher iSuppli.

Finland-based Nokia shipped 348 million units in 2006, giving it a sizable lead over Motorola, which holds the No. 2 spot, according to iSuppli. Motorola shipped 217.4 million units in 2006, a growth of 48.6 percent since 2005.

It was Sony Ericsson, however, that made the most notable gains in 2006.

Fourth-quarter shipments by the Japanese-Swedish handset maker grew 61.5 percent over the same period in 2005--the largest jump in units shipped recorded by the major handset makers, iSuppli said. Sony Ericsson's shipments grew from 16.1 million units to 26 million units for the fourth quarter, moving it into the overall No. 4 spot.

Sony Ericsson pushed LG Electronics into fifth place and shortened the gap between itself and Samsung for the No. 3 spot, according to iSuppli.

Samsung shipped only 5.9 million more units than Sony Ericsson in the 2006 fourth quarter. LG shipped 17 million units during that period, 9 million units fewer than Sony Ericsson.

LG shipped 64.4 million units total in 2006, which gave it only 17.4 percent growth over 2005, but the company hopes to regain its No. 4 place on the popularity of its fashion-oriented Chocolate and Shine cell phones, according to iSuppli.

Samsung showed a growth of 14.6 percent overall, shipping a total of 117.9 million units in 2006.

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Notable FAILURE, perhaps
> It was Sony Ericsson, however, that made the
> most notable gains in 2006.

They sold ~ 10MM more phones in 06 than 05. Moto sold
~71MM more phones in the same period. (One gets that by
backing out the cited 49% gain from 217MM.)

In other words, Moto INCREASED their sales by about 3 times as
much as S-E's TOTAL sales.

There may be some other figures of note that got edited out, but
since S-E is hardly a newcomer to phones, I'd say these data
make them appear stuck in a low-volume rut despite possibly
increasing share a smidge.
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