iPhone outranks BlackBerry

Apple's iPhone 3G passed RIM's BlackBerry to take second place in third quarter global smartphone rankings, according to a report by market researcher Canalys, reported by IDG News Service.

Apple also took market share from Microsoft in smartphone OSs, the report said.

A record high 39.9 million smartphones were shipped globally in the July through to September, up 28% over the same time last year, according to Canalys. Smartphones now represent 13% of the total mobile handset market, up from 11% in the second quarter.

Nokia retained its lead in smartphones but lost market share during the quarter due to competition from Apple and third place RIM. The Finnish company shipped 15.5 million smartphones in that period, down slightly from last year as its market share fell to 38.9% from 51.4%, IDG said.

Apple shipped 6.9 million smartphones, up from just 1.1 million the same time last year. That was enough for a market share of 17.3%, compared to 3.6% last year.

RIM shipped 6.1 million smartphones during the quarter, followed by 2.3 each for Motorola and fifth place High Tech Computer (HTC).

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