Mobile phones sales fell by 15.8 per cent during the first quarter of this year, new figures have shown.
According to a study from the IDS, 244.8 million mobile phones were shipped worldwide during the three-month period to March 31st.
Research analyst at the firm Ramon Llamas said: "That the worldwide mobile phone market started off 2009 with a year-over-year decline highlights just how much the economic recession has affected all industries, including the wireless market.”
News of the report comes as most mobile phone companies have this week been revealing their first-quarter results, with sales down for Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola.
Motorola has this week reported a year-on-year fall in unit sales of 46.4 per cent, while Sony Ericsson experienced a fall of 35 per cent.
However, Apple, which is reportedly planning to unveil a third edition of the iPhone, bucked the trend by selling 3.79 million of its handsets during the period – representing a rise of 123 per cent.