Research just published suggests the fast-growing mobile phones sector will continue its runaway growth in the fourth holiday-fuelled quarter.
Samsung was the maker reporting the strongest growth at 14 percent to take it to number two behind Nokia.
From July to September just under 290 million handsets were sold worldwide, with the fastest growth in Asia and Africa. Nokia performed the best in emerging markets.
However former number two Motorola took a hammering, losing seven percent of market share.
The big names will be keeping their eyes on johnny- come-latelys like Apple’s i-Phone, which has flown off the shelves in the US, but is selling slower in Germany and the UK, where competition is fierce.
It goes on sale in France on Wednesday where Orange says it will be unlocked and significantly cheaper than elsewhere in Europe.