Apple enters top five mobile phone vendors rank

Apple's global expansion of its iPhone is paying off nicely as the company has become the No. 4 mobile phone vendor worldwide, according to IDC.

Apple's global expansion of its iPhone is paying off nicely as the company has become the No. 4 mobile phone vendor worldwide, according to IDC.

In Apple's wake sits Research in Motion.

Here's IDC's scorecard:

Simply put, Apple's rise is pretty amazing. In just a few short years, Apple has come from nowhere to become a large global player.

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