Western European mobile device market grew 38% in Q3 2004

According to IDC, the mobile device market (smartphones and PDAs) in Western Europe grew by 38% during Q3 2004, with over 1.8 million units shipped during Q3 2004 compared to 1.

According to IDC, the mobile device market (smartphones and PDAs) in Western Europe grew by 38% during Q3 2004, with over 1.8 million units shipped during Q3 2004 compared to 1.3 million units in Q3 2003. The market was mainly driven by shipments of Series 60-based smartphones, although, as forecast by IDC last quarter, RIM Blackberry sales continued to grow strongly, exceeding 120,000 units in Western Europe and adding significant impetus to the data-centric device category.

Despite vendors withdrawing from the market and a slow quarter from palmOne, the standalone PDA market continued to grow, albeit at a modest 4%. Market highlights include the growing importance of low-cost Pocket PC vendors including Yakumo, Medion, Anubis, and Mitac, and the high attach rates of in-car navigation GPS bundles.

IDC Western European Mobile Device Shipments, Q3 2004

Form factor3Q04Share3Q03ShareGrowth
Handheld devices544,75030%524,01539%4%
Converged devices1,301,34070%811,47061%60%
Total mobile devices1,846,090100%1,335,485100%38%
Source: IDC, 2004

IDC Western European Mobile Device Vendor Shares, Q3 2004

Vendor3Q04Share3Q03ShareGrowth
Nokia821,53545%571,20043%44%
HP201,99011%178,89013%13%
Sony Ericsson150,0158%123,7509%21%
palmOne138,9008%165,80012%-16%
RIM121,2607%30,0002%304%
Others412,39022%265,84520%55%
Totals1,846,090100%1,335,485100%38%
Source: IDC, 2004