Samsung and Apple lead mobile phone sales boost

A 2.4 per cent boost to mobile phone sales in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same time last year has been led by manufacturers Samsung and Apple, according to research from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

Samsung sold 56.3 million units in the three-month period, as customers snapped up popular devices like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Nexus.

The South Korean firm now has almost one-third (31.3 per cent) of the global market – more than twice what second-place manufacturer Apple has.

Apple's smaller 15 per cent market share may be down to its more limited, and generally more expensive, range of mobile phones. The American company currently sells iPhone 4, 4S and 5 models.

These two leaders dominate the market, as BlackBerry creators Research in Motion took the third spot with just 4.3 per cent share.

Finnish firm Nokia has dropped from the top five smartphone vendors this quarter. The company will be hoping that its imminent Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset will help to improve sales.

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