Apple's iPhone goes global, vaults to No. 4 mobile phone vendor worldwide

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.

Other odds and ends from the IDC report:

  • Vendors shipped 340.5 million units in the third quarter, up from 297.1 million a year ago.
  • There are only two smartphone-only vendors in the rankings---Apple and RIM.
  • Nokia has the lead, but really needs some smartphones to compete.