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TRA releases Q4 2013 results on most popular mobile handsets in the UAE


Apple’s iPhone most commonly used smartphone, followed by Samsung Galaxy S3

March 8, 2014 5:19 by

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) recently released its fourth-quarter 2013 report on the UAE’s most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites.


According to the report, between October 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, 51 per cent of handsets registered on the UAE’s networks were smartphones, a figure that increased by ten per cent in 2013 and by five per cent in Q4 alone. In terms of smartphone models, the iPhone 5 was the most commonly used smartphone in the country, comprising three per cent of the total handsets registered on UAE networks. The report illustrates that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was the second most popular smartphone, accounting for 2.6 per cent of the total market share, followed by the iPhone 4S (2.3 per cent), iPhone 4 (1.8 per cent), both BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Galaxy S Duos at (1.7 per cent), Samsung S4 LTE (1.5 per cent), iPhone 4S (1.2 per cent) and Samsung S4 (0.9 per cent).


The report also indicates that Nokia manufactured 51.5 per cent of all handsets registered on UAE networks, a figure that has been declining over time, followed by Samsung (17.9 per cent), BlackBerry (9.0 per cent), Apple (8.4 per cent), LG (0.9 per cent), HTC (0.7 per cent), Huawei (0.5 per cent) and Sony (0.3 per cent). Unlike Nokia and BlackBerry, Samsung and Apple recorded increases in their market shares in Q4 2013.


Moreover, during the same period, users of smartphones and fixed internet services in the UAE visited applications websites 2.3 billion times. Apple iTunes was by far the most commonly visited applications website at 84 per cent, followed by Samsung Apps (six per cent), BlackBerry App World and Nokia OVI.


In terms of social media, UAE smartphone and fixed internet users made a total of 11.5 billion visits to social networking websites during the same period. Visits to Facebook accounted for 84 per cent of total visits to social networking sites, followed by Twitter (13 per cent), LinkedIn, Maktoob and MySpace.


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