Counterpoint: Feature phones are great again, sales rise for fourth consecutive quarter


Counterpoint revealed in its latest phone market report that the feature phones are on the rise for a fourth consecutive quarter. Meanwhile, smartphones sales have been on the decline for the same period, although the researchers wouldn’t read too much into it.

According to the data, iTel and HMD are global market leaders with 14% market share each, followed by Jio with 11% and Samsung with 8%. The reasons are simple – manufacturers are delivering cheap and accessible 4G phones in emerging markets such as India and Africa.

The pie chart is pretty self-explanatory – regions with…

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