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France Cellphone Market Grows 2% as Free Shakes It Up

by Neil Mawston | 9月 04, 2012

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, the EMEA handset market delivered a mixed performance in Q2 2012, with some countries rising and others falling. Russia strengthened because of smartphone growth, while Italy experienced a slowdown due to economic volatility. France grew handset shipments +2% from a year earlier, as Samsung rose to record highs in the country. Free, an emerging mobile operator, continues to cause shockwaves in the French market with its low-cost, no-obligation pricing strategy for phones and plans. Bouygues, a rival carrier, appears to have been shedding thousands of customers to Free in recent weeks.

This published report tracks quarterly handset shipments and marketshare for 10 major vendors in 7 major countries, such as France, from 2009 to Q2 2012. The countries covered are France, Germany, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain and UK.

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