Market research from Gartner indicates Apple's iPhone grabbed the third spot in global smartphone sales in Q2 2009. The company sold more than 5.4 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 892,000 in the second quarter of 2008. Apple's marketshare rose from 2.8 percent to 13.3 percent.
Gartner cited Apple's lowering the price on the 8GB iPhone 3G and its expanding into more countries as having a "clear effect on sales volumes." To put the iPhone numbers in perspective, Apple sold more iPhones during the launch weekend in June for the iPhone 3GS than it sold for the entire second quarter of 2008. (Apple released the iPhone 3G in the third quarter of last year.)
The top company in the market is Nokia, which sold 18.4 million devices for a 45 percent market share. That share is down, however, from a 47.4 percent share in the second quarter of 2008. Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, sold 7.6 million devices, finishing out the quarter with 18.7 percent of the market, up from a 17.3 percent share during the same period last year.
Overall, cell phone shipments were down 6.1 percent year-over-year to 268.1 million units in Q2 2009, while smartphone sales grew 27 percent to 40 million units.