Nation records 17% drop in cellphone shipments for Q3


TAIPEI–Cellphone shipments in Taiwan fell about 17 percent sequentially in the third quarter of the year, as sales of several major brands dropped, according to market information advisory firm International Data Corp. (IDC).

The decline in shipments was due in part to Taiwanese consumers waiting for the release of Apple Inc.’s latest smartphone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were not launched in Taiwan until September, IDC said.

Shipments of Apple phones decreased in the third quarter by about 300,000 units from the second quarter, while other brands, including Taiwan-based HTC Corp. and Asustek Computer Inc., also saw lower smartphone shipments in the third quarter, IDC said.

Third-quarter cellphone shipments in Taiwan totaled 2.26 million units, down 17 percent from a quarter earlier and 12 percent year-on-year.

In the July-September period, smartphones accounted for 94 percent of the total cellphone shipments in Taiwan, down 2 percentage points from the previous quarter and also from a year earlier.