The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said the number of smartphones registered to the UAE’s networks increased by 10% in 2013, with a further 1% jump in Q1, 2014, Arabian Business reported. Of this, the iPhone 5 was the most commonly used smartphone in the UAE comprising 2.8 % of total registered handsets, followed by the Samsung SIII with 2.7% of the market share, iPhone 5S (2.5%) and iPhone 4S (2.1%). The TRA said iPhone 5s recorded the highest increase in market share in Q1, replacing the iPhone 4S as the third most popular handset overall. The market shares of Galaxy S Duos and Samsung S4 LET also increased whereas the iPhone 4s and BlackBerry Bold 9900 fell, the TRA said. In terms of specific handset models, the Nokia 101/1010 continued to be the most popular mobile handset in the UAE in Q1 at 3.6 % market share. The Nokia 1280/1282 was the second most popular handset at 3%.
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