Global LTE mobile phone shipments to reach 275m in 2013

Analysts have predicted that 275 million Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile phones will be shipped in 2013 – a 202.5 per cent increase on this year.

Manufacturers are increasingly adopting the new technology and incorporating it into their high-end handsets.

Devices like the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One XL have 4G connection capabilities, allowing users to take advantage of speedier networks.

Telecommunications providers Telstra and Optus offer this service, and Vodafone plans to start rolling out 4G next year.

Strategy Analytics believes that Apple, Samsung and LG will be among the main manufacturers to motivate the adoption boost.

Analyst Linda Sui said: “The LTE smartphone market has become highly valuable and we believe it will eventually attract new entrants seeking a slice of the 4G pie, such as Amazon or Mozilla.”

There are currently rumours circulating that this huge online retailer will attempt to follow the success of its Kindle gadgets with the release of a handset.

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