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Smartphone shipments 'to reach 1bn in 2013'

06 Jan 2013

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That would double the number of smartphones in use to two billion by the end of the year, analysts Deloitte predict.

In a new report, published next week, the company says that although it expects to see shipments of one billion smartphones this year, around a fifth of smartphone owners are unlikely to use their phones to connect to the internet.

Those with a smartphone, defined as a full touch screen or Qwerty-keyboard handset, are often worried about the price of data packages or confused about costs, Deloitte says.

The company's research found that a fifth of British smartphone owners in 2012 did not use the device to connect to the internet. These people use their phone for voice calls, text messaging and taking photographs.

According to the research, 16 per cent of smartphone owners have never downloaded a mobile application. The report said: "It may be that the only apps this category of owners will ever use are those that come pre-loaded onto the device."

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