13% of mobile phones sold in 2005 to be 3G

3G service launches and the subsequent increase in 3G handset development saw explosive year-on-year growth of almost 850% in Q4 2004, driving the proportion of WCDMA handsets to 6% in 2004 compared to 1% in 2003. IDC forecasts WCDMA handsets to increase to around 13% of total mobile phone shipments in 2005, particularly in light of service launches from T-Mobile and O2 in Q1 2005 and new 3G handsets such as Nokia 6680 and Sony Ericsson K600i.

3G service launches and the subsequent increase in 3G handset development saw explosive year-on-year growth of almost 850% in Q4 2004, driving the proportion of WCDMA handsets to 6% in 2004 compared to 1% in 2003. IDC forecasts WCDMA handsets to increase to around 13% of total mobile phone shipments in 2005, particularly in light of service launches from T-Mobile and O2 in Q1 2005 and new 3G handsets such as Nokia 6680 and Sony Ericsson K600i.