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American Mobile Phone Imports Accelerate 

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American Mobile Phone Imports Accelerate 

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘U.S. – Wireless Phones – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights‘. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

In the first seven months of 2021, American mobile phone imports reached $29B, which was +21% higher than the figures of the same period of 2020. The U.S. constitutes the world’s leading importer of mobile phones. Last year, American imports dropped by -9.5% y-o-y to $49.5B. China remains the largest exporter of mobile phones to the U.S., supplying 79% of American imports in value terms. In the first half of 2021, Chinese exports to America grew by +45% to $20.5B compared to $14.1B recorded in the same period of 2020. The average mobile phone import price rose by +3.9% to $273 per unit in 2020.  

American Wireless Phone Imports 

In the first seven months of 2021, the U.S. imported wireless phones worth $29B against $24B in the same period of the last year. America leads in global imports of wireless phones, with a 17%-share of the total volume.

American mobile phone imports saw a significant drop in the previous year, declining from $54.7B in 2019 to $49.5B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020. In physical terms, imports of wireless phones into the U.S. shrank to 181M units, declining by -12.9% against 2019 figures.

In value terms, China ($39.1B) constituted the largest supplier of mobile phone to the U.S., comprising 79% of total imports in 2020. Viet Nam ($8.1B) occupied the second position in the ranking, with a 16% share of total imports. It was followed by South Korea, with a 2.7% share. In the first half of 2021, Chinese wireless phone exports to the U.S. grew to $20.5B against $14.1B recorded in the same period of 2020.

In physical terms, China (134M units) constituted the largest mobile phone supplier to the U.S., with a 74% share of total imports in 2020. Moreover, mobile phone imports from China exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest supplier, Viet Nam (37M units), fourfold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by India (3.6M units), with a 2% share.

In 2020, the average mobile phone import price amounted to $273 per unit, growing by +3.9% against the previous year. There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major supplying countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was South Korea ($488 per unit), while the price for India ($127 per unit) was amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by India, while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced mixed trend patterns.

Source: IndexBox Platform 

Ingram Micro Partners with Kyocera in Latin America

San Diego, CA – California-based Ingram Micro Inc. and Japan’s Kyocera Communications Inc. have inked a new agreement in which Ingram Micro Mobility will be the distributor of Kyocera mobile phones in the Latin America region.

The new Kyocera DuraForce, an ultra-rugged, waterproof 4G LTE global-ready Android smartphone will be the first Kyocera product to enter the Latin America region via this relationship.

Kyocera “will leverage Ingram Micro’s extensive infrastructure and unique channel capabilities in Latin America, reaching 25,000 value-added resellers (VARs), system integrators and service providers,” according to a joint statement.

DuraForce, recently announced in the U.S. market with AT&T, is the newest device in Kyocera’s rugged smartphone portfolio and underscores Kyocera’s strength in the rugged, waterproof smartphone space.

The Military Standard 810G- and IP68-certified device enables active consumers and workers to use their smartphones more effectively “whether connecting with the corporate office from a construction jobsite or accessing vital medical data to support prescription authorizations in healthcare settings.”

Additionally, DuraForce supports various Push-to-Talk (PTT) services and platforms, and for the non-PTT user, the dedicated button can be reprogrammed for other preferred features or applications.

“Ingram Micro Mobility offers the experience, infrastructure and extensive network of VARs necessary to successfully launch and support Kyocera mobile devices across Latin America,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications.

“This relationship enables us to provide new handsets like DuraForce and support future devices in more than 40 countries in the region, allowing businesses to realize increased productivity and lower their total cost of ownership through durable devices that will stand up to the toughest environments.”