HOW MANY MOBILE PHONES ARE SOLD EACH YEAR?

Mobile Phone Sales Statistics:

Find out how many mobile phones are sold each year, globally, and see phone sales statistics by country and brand.

2021 saw global mobile phone sales reaching 1747.8 million units sold, which means 22.2% of the global population (7870 million) purchased a mobile phone in 2021.

Continue reading to see this data broken down by country and brand, along with the sources SellCell used to compile the data.

Mobile Phone Sales Statistics
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Total Number of Mobile Phones Sold Worldwide by Year

First, we will look at the total number of mobile phones sold globally. This accounts for all mobile phone brands in all countries where sales data has been recorded. It also accounts for all mobile phones; so smartphones and non-smartphone/feature phones.

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YEARSMARTPHONES
(Millions of units)
NON-SMARTPHONES / FEATURE PHONES
(Millions of units)
TOTAL MOBILE PHONES
(Millions of units)
2009172.38994.081166.46
2010296.651296.821593.47
20114721302.851774.85
2012680.111110.131790.24
2013969.72846.681816.4
20141219.3635.21854.5
20151314449.51763.5
20161442.7371.21813.9
20171479.1324.31803.4
20181522298.41820.4
20191532284.81816.8
20201397.4251.71649.1
20211510.3237.51747.8
2022*1516.4233.31749.7
2023*1594228.31822.3
2024*1625219.81844.8
2025*1638.6208.91847.5
2026*1652.1197.91850
2027*1676.1187.71863.8

[Graphical Data: Sources 1-4]

 

According to trend analyst Statista, there were a total of 1747.8 million mobile phones sold in 2021. This is an increase on the 2020 sales statistics, which shows that 1649.1 million mobile phones fell into the hands of new owners. However, the highest-selling year since 2009 was 2018, in which brands shipped 1820.4 million handsets worldwide.

In total, between 2009 and 2021, over 22.4 billion mobile phones have been sold globally!

Smartphone

Total Number of Smartphones Sold Worldwide by Year

Next, we look at data just for smartphones (i.e. not including feature phones). This data includes all smartphone brands in all countries.

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YEARSMARTPHONES
(Millions of units)
2009172.38
2010296.65
2011472
2012680.11
2013969.72
20141219.3
20151314
20161442.7
20171479.1
20181522
20191532
20201397.4
20211510.3
2022*1516.4
2023*1594
2024*1625
2025*1638.6
2026*1652.1
2027*1676.1

[Graphical Data: Sources 1-2]

 

As the data shows, according to Statista, 2021 saw global smartphone sales reaching 1510.3 million units. 2019 was the highest-selling year since 2009, yielding 1532.0 million smartphone sales. SellCell projects that 2023 smartphone sales will exceed 2019's record, with sales anticipated to reach 1594.0 million.

The total number of smartphones sold between 2009 and 2021 stands at 14007.6 million, and counting.

Non-Smartphone / Feature Phone

Total Number of Non-Smartphone / Feature Phones Sold Worldwide by Year

If we now look at data only for non-smartphone/feature phones (i.e. not including smartphones), we can see the impact that increasing smartphone popularity had on the feature phone market.

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YEARNON-SMARTPHONES / FEATURE PHONES
(Millions of units)
2009994.08
20101296.82
20111302.85
20121110.13
2013846.68
2014635.2
2015449.5
2016371.2
2017324.3
2018298.4
2019284.8
2020251.7
2021237.5
2022*233.3
2023*228.3
2024*219.8
2025*208.9
2026*197.9
2027*187.7

[Graphical Data: Sources 3-4]

 

2021 saw feature phone sales decline to a record low, with sales only reaching 237.5 million. While this might still seem a lot, it is nothing like the 1302.8 million feature phones sold in 2011. Since then, feature phone purchases have steadily decreased while the popularity of the smartphone has taken hold.

Between 2009-2021, non-smartphone/feature phone sales have reached 8403.1 million in total.

Globally

Total Number of Mobile Phones Sold Each Year by Country

Breaking the data down by country, we can see exactly how many smartphones sold in 2021, and where. We can also see historical sales data, by country, dating back to 2009. Data has been compiled from a variety of sources.

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COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China408.3
India265.7
United States143.8
Indonesia66.2
Brazil47.3
Russia45.9
Japan31.9
Mexico31.9
United Kingdom31
Turkey30.2
Philippines25
Germany24
France23.5
Vietnam23.1
Italy21.9
South Korea20.2
Thailand15.8
Canada14.3
Spain11
Australia8.8
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China415.9
India259.1
United States144.1
Indonesia66.3
Brazil48.3
Russia36.7
Mexico32.1
United Kingdom30.8
Turkey29.6
Philippines25.3
Germany23.9
France23.5
Vietnam23.2
Japan22.7
Italy22.1
South Korea20.4
Thailand16.2
Canada14.2
Spain11
Australia8.7
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China423.5
India252.4
United States144.3
Indonesia66.4
Brazil49.2
Russia36.6
Japan33.3
Mexico32.2
United Kingdom30.6
Turkey29.1
Philippines25.6
Germany23.8
Vietnam23.4
France23.4
Italy22.4
South Korea20.5
Thailand16.5
Canada14.1
Spain11
Australia8.8
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China431
India245.7
United States144.7
Indonesia66.6
Brazil50.1
Russia36.5
Japan33.9
Mexico32.3
United Kingdom30.4
Turkey28.6
Philippines25.9
Germany23.8
Vietnam23.5
France23.2
Italy22.5
South Korea20.7
Thailand16.9
Canada14.1
Spain11
Australia8.7
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China433.7
India236.3
United States143.6
Indonesia66.1
Brazil50.8
Russia36
Japan34.1
Mexico31.9
United Kingdom29.9
Turkey27.8
Philippines26
Vietnam23.4
Germany23.4
France22.9
Italy22.5
South Korea20.5
Thailand17
Canada13.8
Spain10.8
Australia8.5
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China426.2
India222.4
United States138.1
Indonesia64.3
Brazil50.5
Mexico30.9
Russia30.8
United Kingdom28.6
Philippines25.5
Turkey25.3
Japan23.1
Vietnam22.9
Germany22.6
Italy21.9
France21.9
South Korea19.9
Thailand17
Canada13.2
Spain10.4
Australia8
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China436.9
India209
United States136.8
Indonesia63.9
Brazil50.9
Russia43.1
Japan32.8
Mexico30
United Kingdom27.5
Philippines25.9
Turkey25.1
Vietnam23.1
Germany21.9
Italy21.5
France21.1
South Korea19.3
Thailand17.4
Canada12.9
Spain10.2
Australia7.8
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China417.2
India193.9
United States129.5
Indonesia59.7
Brazil50.1
Russia40.6
Japan30
Mexico28
United Kingdom25.4
Philippines24.9
Turkey23.1
Vietnam22.2
Germany20.3
Italy20.1
France19.6
South Korea17.9
Thailand17
Canada12.1
Spain9.5
Australia7.1
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China462.3
India215.1
United States147
Indonesia64.6
Brazil55.2
Russia45.7
Japan35.1
Mexico32
United Kingdom29.7
Philippines27.9
Turkey26.7
Vietnam25.2
Italy23.8
Germany23.5
France22.8
South Korea21.5
Thailand18.9
Canada13.6
Spain11
Australia8.7
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China476.3
India207.3
United States148.2
Indonesia67.1
Brazil56.2
Russia45.9
Japan37.4
Mexico32
United Kingdom29.6
Philippines29.3
Turkey27.1
Germany24.7
Vietnam24.5
Italy23.9
France22.7
South Korea21.6
Thailand20
Canada13.6
Spain11
Australia8.9
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China502.5
India199.6
United States142.4
Indonesia63
Brazil55.3
Russia45
Japan36.4
Mexico30.9
Philippines30.1
United Kingdom29.6
Turkey26.3
Germany25.1
Vietnam24.5
Italy24.1
France22.9
South Korea21.9
Thailand20.7
Canada13.5
Spain11
Australia9.1
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China533.4
India192.6
United States153.7
Indonesia63.3
Brazil52.5
Russia42.8
Japan33.4
Philippines30.6
Mexico30.4
United Kingdom29.8
Germany25.9
Turkey25.2
Italy24.7
Vietnam23.3
France22.8
South Korea21.7
Thailand21.1
Canada13.4
Spain11.7
Australia9.5
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China510.3
India200.2
United States154.5
Indonesia57.3
Brazil50.8
Russia41.3
Japan33.9
United Kingdom29.9
Mexico29.5
Philippines29.1
Germany28.9
Italy25.5
Turkey25
France23.4
Vietnam21.6
South Korea21.6
Thailand20.3
Canada13.3
Spain12.6
Australia9.9
COUNTRYSALES
(Millions of units)
China537.5
India214.7
United States160.0
Brazil60.0
Indonesia55.6
Russia39.7
Japan36.0
Mexico32.1
United Kingdom30.6
Germany30.1
Philippines28.4
France25.3
Italy25.2
Turkey25.1
South Korea21.7
Vietnam21.2
Thailand20.1
Canada14.1
Spain13.9
Australia10.0

[Graphical Data: Sources 2-3]

 

2021 sales data shows that China is the largest market when it comes to smartphone sales. An astounding 436.9 million of all mobile phones sold in 2021 ended up in the hands of Chinese consumers.

India follows with 209.0 million, and if you're wondering how many phones sold in the US in 2021, the answer is 136.8 million, making the US the third-largest territory for phone brands.

These trends continue historically, with China buying 417.2 and 462.3 million phones in 2020 and 2019 respectively.

The 2021 figure shows sales reaching 27.5 million for the UK, an increase in UK phone sales compared to 2020, when brands sold 25.4 million phones.

iPhone

How Many iPhones Does Apple Sell Each Year?

Of course, there are a lot of smartphone brands out there, but Apple's iPhone is the handset that retained the most post-sale value in 2021 and into 2022. Let's look at the data and see how many iPhones sold in 2021, and historically since 2007.

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YEARSALES
(Millions of units)
2021242
2020196.9
2019187.2
2018217.72
2017216.76
2016211.88
2015231.22
2014169.22
2013150.26
2012125.05
201172.29
201039.99
200920.73
200811.63
20071.39

[Graphical Data: Sources 5-6]

 

Statista's data analysis tells us that the number of iPhones sold in 2021 amounted to 242.0 million, marking a record-breaking year for the smartphone giant. 2020 saw sales of 196.9 million, while the previous highest-selling year for Apple was 2015, with 231.2 million iPhones leaving the shelves.

This brings the total number of iPhones sold between 2007 and 2021 to 2.1 billion!

Manufacturing

Total Number of Smartphones Sold Each Year by Manufacturer

To give a good picture of how many smartphones sold during 2021, and since 2007, we need to break it down into brands. Here, SellCell has taken global sales data for all smartphone manufacturers.

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MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung272
Apple235.7
Xiaomi191
OPPO133.5
vivo128.3
Others394.3
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung266.7
Apple206.1
Huawei189
Xiaomi147.8
vivo111.7
OPPO111.2
Others371
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung295.7
Huawei240.6
Apple191
Xiaomi125.6
OPPO114.3
Others403.6
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung292.3
Apple208.8
Huawei206
Xiaomi122.6
OPPO113.1
Others462
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung317.7
Apple215.8
Huawei154.2
OPPO111.7
Xiaomi92.7
Others573.4
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung311.4
Apple215.4
Huawei139.3
OPPO99.8
vivo77.3
Others577.2
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung320.9
Apple231.5
Huawei107
Lenovo74
Xiaomi70.8
OPPO42.7
vivo38
Others552.3
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung318.2
Apple197.2
Huawei73.8
Lenovo59.4
LG59.2
Xiaomi57.7
Others540.7
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung316.4
Apple153.4
Huawei49
LG47.8
Lenovo45.5
Others407.4
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung219.7
Apple135.9
Nokia35.1
HTC32.6
RIM32.5
Huawei29.1
LG26.3
Lenovo23.7
Others190.4
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Samsung94.2
Apple93.1
Nokia77.3
RIM51.1
HTC43.6
Others135.3
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Nokia100.1
RIM48.8
Apple47.5
Samsung22.9
HTC21.7
Others63.7
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Nokia67.7
RIM34.5
Apple25.1
HTC8.1
Samsung5.5
Others32.6
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Nokia60.5
RIM23.6
Apple13.8
HTC7.5
Samsung5.4
Others40.6
MANUFACTURERSHIPMENTS
(Millions of units)
Nokia60.47
RIM11.77
HTC3.72
Apple3.3
Others43.1

[Graphical Data: Source 7]

 

As you can see from the Statista data above, Samsung sold the most handsets in 2021, moving 272.0 million units. Apple follows a close second with 235.7 million iPhones, so 2022 could see the scales tipping in Apple's favor.

Xiaomi follows up in third position, selling 191.0 million handsets in 2021; the most aside from Samsung and Apple, making Xiaomi a real contender for the big two.

Looking back historically, we can see that RIM (now known as BlackBerry) and Nokia dominated the phone market back in 2007. However, the advent of the smartphone saw the demise of Nokia and BlackBerry's efforts, and both brands started falling from popularity in 2008, as Apple's notoriety grew.

By 2011, Apple's sales had increased by almost 30 times their 2007 sales figure of 3.3 million, with the brand selling 93.1 million phones in 2011.

Samsung's sales have remained strong, and the brand has taken the leading position sales-wise since 2011, when it sold 94.2 million. 2021 saw Samsung selling 272.0 million smartphones.

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