[bbc] Mobile phone sales have plummeted by a record amount in the first quarter of 2009 as the global financial crisis sapped demand, a research firm said.
The number of phones shipped worldwide in the first three months of the year dropped by 13% to 245 million units from the same period last year.
Strategy Analytics said all of the five biggest mobile phone-makers had drops in sales.
But Apple's iPhone defied the gloom to post a 123% annual gain in sales.
Strategy Analytics said the previous worst quarter for mobile phone sales was in the third quarter of 2001.
Mobile sales 'in record decline'