Perhaps the reason for the free fall is the fact that people have all but switched over to SmartPhones?
Shipments of handheld mobile devices in Western Europe have taken a record tumble this quarter. Manufacturers who were hoping sales of converged devices (i.e. smartphones) would help offset the decline, are also in for a disapointing time, according to analyst house IDC.
Handheld shipments in Q2 2006 slumped 49 per cent on the same period last year, after three consecutive poor quarters. Sales of converged devices, meanwhile, rose by just 23 per cent in the first half of the year, and only 10 per cent for Q2, year on year…. Source: The Register