Camera phones likely Christmas presents
Another source predicting around 60 million camera-phone handsets for this year (after the Qualcomm study):
According to a report released today by analyst firm ARC Group, by the end of 2003 more than 55 million consumers worldwide will own camera-phone handsets, more than doubling from the 25 million mobile units sold in 2002.
“This year we have seen a massive growth in camera-enabled phones, with 15 per cent of handsets worldwide featuring built-in cameras or designated camera accessories,” commented David McQueen, ARC Group’s Senior Consultant and author of the Future Mobile Handsets 2003-2008 report. “Tempted by innovative design features such as rotational cameras and swivel screens, along with the advent of multimedia messaging, colour displays and polyphonic ring tones, we’ll see many consumers upgrading their mobile phones this Christmas.”
Swisscom predicts even a bit a larger growth: 150 instead of 100%. We will see how all this works out in December.