Smartphone shipments will hit 1bn by 2016

Despite the sad news from Nokia on it's sales figures analysts see smartphone sales going through the roof

Analyst firm Juniper Research has released a report that states smartphone shipments could reach a staggering 1 billion by 2016, seeing an increase of nearly 230%.

With the success of handsets such as the Apple iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire smartphones have always been the future of mobile communication. However with cheaper handsets such as the HTC Wildfire and the BlackBerry Curve being released smartphones have suddenly become affordable and practical for anyone.

To try and put the figures into a sense of context, this year has seen the release of many many handsets such as the HTC Sensation, upcoming new BlackBerry Bold and even the hinted arrival of the iPhone 5 but will still only ship 302 million handsets annually. Only.

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