India shipped more than 166 million mobile phones last year: Report

According to a latest report published by Cyber Media Research, India has shipped more than 166 million handsets in 2011. The size of the smartphone market was 10 million units, approximately 6 percent of the total Indian mobile market. Nokia led the smartphone market last year with a whopping share of 38.4 percent. After the Finnish giant, Samsung and RIM managed to grab the second and third spots with a share of 27.5 percent and 15.5 percent respectively in the smartphone market. Since the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 were launched later in November, their impact on the smartphone market is yet to be monitored. However, if the figures from the month of November alone are to be considered, then its Samsung who had shipped the maximum number of smartphones. Hit the break to continue reading.

Feature phones still rule the roost in India. In November, 14.4 million feature phones were shipped and 74 new models were launched. The smartphone shipments were much lesser in this month (around 1.07 million) and 23 new models of smartphones were launched.

Another important trend which the report has revealed is the increased use of multi-SIM (dual-SIM or triple-SIM) handsets. In November, around 54 percent of the total mobile shipments in India were of multi-SIM handsets. Nokia captured 19 percent share and was the market leader in this category followed by Micromax with 7.1 percent share and Karbonn with 6.9 percent market share. Though being a late entrant in the multi-SIM category, Nokia still managed to have 7 dual-SIM models in its portfolio by the end of 2011.