How many cell phones did you buy in 2009?

by Guest on December 17, 2009

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Dear mobile phone manufacturers,

Hey folks, I’m sorry.  Apparently I’ve let you down this past year by not buying a new cell phone.  Sure, I’ve got excuses – I’m happy with my first gen iPhone; if I wanted a new one, I’d have to sign a contract for 3 years; the economy was still a bit shaky, and lots more reasons – but the bottom line is, on January 1, 2010 I will still have the same phone I had on January 1, 2009.  According to the folks reporting on the cell phone industry, I am definitely in the minority with this situation.

In 2009, 1.214 billion cell phones made it into the hands of end users.  My math might not be fantastic, but this looks like one person in six bought a new phone in the past year.  And if you consider that at least half of the world isn’t able to use a cell phone, the number looks more like one in three.

I wasn’t expecting to write about this tonight, but I came across a story about the analysts being upset that the smartphone segment wasn’t as productive as they had hoped, with sales only being up 24%. This made smartphones a mere 14% of the entire market, or roughly  170 million smartphones.  Since the population of my little Canada is around 33 million, you can see how this sales achievement doesn’t seem to be particularly bad.

I do apologize, and if it weren’t for certain financial obligations, and my allergy to long term contracts, I would race out and buy a new smartphone for Christmas.  Maybe in the new year I will test out the Nokia N97 or this LG phone with a projector, but until then I will have to remain in the prehistoric era with my mere 8 megs of storage and my barely usable Edge connection.

Please don’t hate me, mobile manufacturers.  I promise to try and make it up to you next year.  Or the year after that.

Sincerely, Jason

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