Foreign handsets doing well in China

2 Jun 2005

A report from the Wall Street Journal says that Chinese mobile handset manufacturers are losing an increasing amount of ground to foreign vendors. Sales of mobile handsets in China are expected to rise by around 11% in 2005 according to the newspaper, but Chinese cellular users are choosing feature-rich phones from Western manufacturers ahead of cheaper but more basic locally-produced models. Nokia of Finland accounted for approximately 20% of handset shipments in China in 2004, while foreign vendors Motorola and Samsung both claimed more than 10% of the market. The largest local vendor, Ningbo Bird, saw its own share fall from 10% in 2003 to 8.6% in 2004.