Falls Church, Virginia: Smartphones will overtake regular handsets in terms of sales by 2015, according to a report, "Global Smartphone Market," published by Telecom Trends International. The report says that sales of smartphones will constitute 2/3rd of total mobile Relevant Products/Services handset sales by 2016.

We are witnessing a paradigm shift in the way people use the mobile phone, said Naqi Jaffery, the report author. The smartphone is becoming the primary mobile device, he said.

Smartphones sales will show a robust growth of over 28 percent through 2016 the report said. This is in contrast to regular handsets whose sales will continue to decline, it said.

Smartphones will no longer be confined to a niche market, Mr. Jaffery said. Their falling prices and attractive features are contributing their transformation into a mass market device, he said.

The 124-page report contains 27 figures and 19 tables. The report provides seven-year sales forecasts for smartphones as well as the overall handset market. It breaks down smartphone sales forecasts by operating systems.

The report provides sales breakdown for smartphones and overall handsets by geographical regions of the world for both 2008 and 2009. It provides the market share of the major vendors for both smartphones and handsets for both 2008 and 2009.

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