Daniel Eran Dilger
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Cellphone vendors could exit business if economy remains bleak

Nokia shrink
Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Mobile phone makers are sounding alarms to their investors cautioning that mobile sales are down and likely to only get worse in 2009. However, Apple’s iPhone is uniquely positioned within the safer smartphone market, a segment that is expected to continue to grow next year.

Cellphone vendors could exit business if economy remains bleak

  • Nick Barron

    I got all excited when I saw the RSS feed update a new article but no :(

  • nat

    Same here. I’m having withdrawal symptoms as well.

  • enzos

    Funny how we crave reassurance.

    Come back Dan, it was only a rash!

  • http://home.comcast.net/~daguy daGUY

    To be fair, we should look at the iPhone’s numbers in perspective. Yes, the 327% growth year-over-year is certainly amazing, but keep in mind that the iPhone has plenty of room to grow – it started from *zero* only a little over a year ago. Nokia has been around for years and years, and they’re the current market leader, so of course the potential for growth is less.

    Compare it to the iPod – once it started to take off, it had the same ridiculous year-over-year numbers, but now that’s dropped to the single digits because everyone already has one! There’s less and less room to grow.

    Still, I think the iPhone is in a much better position to succeed over the long term.

  • nat

    @daGUY,
    “Compare it to the iPod – once it started to take off, it had the same ridiculous year-over-year numbers, but now that’s dropped to the single digits because everyone already has one! There’s less and less room to grow.”

    Well if we get really technical, the iPhone is also a widescreen, MultiTouch, WiFi-enabled iPod, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the iPod’s once single-digit gains have now picked up again factoring in iPhone sales.

    If Nokia gets to combine its smartphone and “dumb” phone sales in the cell market, why can’t Apple combine iPod and iPhone sales in the music player market?