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The UAE’s most popular mobile phones of 2013


TRA reveals smartphone brands’ market share among residents.


December 22, 2013 5:47 by

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released a report on the nation’s most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites. Investigating the current state of the market, the report reveals the market share of mobile phones in the UAE by manufacturer and model.

According to the report, 46 per cent of handsets registered on the UAE’s networks were smartphones during 2013, a figure that has increased during each quarter during the same period.

In terms of model, the iPhone 5 was the most commonly used smartphone in the UAE, with 2.8 per cent of the total handsets registered on UAE networks. Samsung SIII was the second most popular smartphone, with 2.5 per cent of the market share, followed by iPhone 4S (2.3 per cent), iPhone 4 and BlackBerry 9900 (both 1.8 per cent) and Samsung S4 (1.6 per cent).

The report indicates that 56.2 per cent of all handsets registered on UAE networks were manufactured by Nokia, followed by Samsung (16.4 per cent), BlackBerry (10.2 per cent) and Apple (7.8 per cent).

The new research also reveals that UAE’s online and smartphone users made 13.7 billion visits to social networking websites between July 1 and September 30 this year.

Visits to Facebook accounted for 91 per cent of total visits to social networking sites, followed by Twitter with eight per cent of visits and Maktoob with 0.1 per cent.


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