The Great Debate UK

Partnerships key in mobile handset industry

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Patrick RemyPatrick Remy is deputy vice president of devices at Orange. The opinions expressed are his own.

The economic downturn has played a significant hand in the recent decline in mobile device manufacturers’ profits, but it’s not the only factor at play.

The economic environment has certainly changed the way consumers are behaving towards their devices. We’re seeing our customers hold onto their handsets for longer and think twice before upgrading. The result, quite obviously, is that the industry is left shifting less handsets.

One of the most visible consumer trends we as operators are seeing is the polarisation of the handset market. High-end and low-end devices are both performing well; this is where the greatest opportunity is now and is likely to continue over the coming 12 to 24 months.

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