(PRWEB) March 11, 2013
The mobile handset market has been witnessing rapid changes over the last decade. From stellar innovations in mobile phone multimedia features to mobile internet capabilities, technology developments have and will continue to shape the market and the revenue generating opportunities offered. Of particular interest is the evolution of dual SIM capabilities in mobile handsets.
Defined as a mobile phone capable of holding two SIM (Subscriber Identity Modules) cards, dual SIM handsets were initially launched in the low-end, feature phone market segment. Currently however, the unrivalled levels of convenience offered by the concept of dual-SIM operation is creating demand even among high end mobile phone users and the market today is replete with expensive models running on the Android platform featuring touch screen displays.
The foray of mobile giants, such as, Nokia, LG and Samsung into this space has additionally extended credibility to a trend initially considered a fad ignited by low cost Asian manufacturers.
Growth in the dual SIM handsets market over the next few years will be primarily driven by continued rise in the use of multiple SIM cards across the globe, with developing Asian countries leading the way.
The above hundred penetration rates of SIM cards in most developing countries, juxtaposed by the yet untapped pockets of market with no access to mobile services, mirrors the rising trend of multiple subscriptions in urban areas. In Latin America, while mobile penetration has touched 100%, about 25% of the population lack access to mobile services.
Several reasons are fingered as responsible for influencing the use of multiple SIM cards, such as, greater ability to bring down the cost of communication by capitalizing on plans/offers/tariff/ offered by multiple service providers, ease and comfort of carrying just one phone, uninterrupted and continuous network coverage and reduced instances of dropped calls, and free bundled add-on SIM cards offered by service providers.
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Dual SIM Handsets in Thousand Units. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2018.
The report profiles 83 companies including many key and niche players such as GFive International Limited, HTC Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., Maxx Mobile Communications Ltd., Micromax, Motorola Mobility LLC, Nokia Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics NV, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Spice Corporation, Shenzhen Vovophone Telecom Technology Co.Ltd, Tecno Telecom Limited Company.
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