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[December 22, 2013]

iPhone 5 is most popular smartphone in UAE [CommsMEA (United Arab Emirates)]

(CommsMEA (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The iPhone 5 is the most popular smartphone used in the UAE, according to a new report released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

The study, compiled by the country's telecoms regulator between July and September, showed 46% of handsets registered on the UAE's networks were smartphones, a figure that has increased during each quarter in 2013.

In terms of smartphone models, the iPhone 5 was the most commonly used smartphone in the UAE in with 2.8% of the total, followed by the Samsung SIII, the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and BlackBerry 9900.

The report indicated that 56.2% of all handsets registered on UAE networks were manufactured by Nokia followed by Samsung (16.4%), BlackBerry (10.2%) and Apple (7.8%). Unlike Nokia and Blackberry, Samsung and Apple recorded increases in their market shares in Q3.

The report also showed that during the review period, users of smart phones and fixed internet services in the UAE visited applications websites a total of 1.5 billion times.

Apple iTunes was by far the most commonly visited applications website, followed by Nokia OVI; Samsung Apps; Blackberry App World and Android Applications.

Users made a total of 13.7 billion visits to social networking websites during the period with visits to Facebook accounting for 91% of total visits.

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