ABI research studied mobile phone accessories market
Because of that, aftermarket mobile phone accessories will also show faster growth rates than those included "in-box." The currently most popular aftermarket mobile phone accessories are memory cards and protective silicone carrying-cases or sleeves. Both result from the popularity of smartphones: their multimedia capabilities often demand extra memory capacity, and their high value encourages owners to take better care of them. This latter trend has clearly been initiated and driven by Apple's iPhone.
Mobile phone accessories market differs per region
Protection takes on even greater importance in some emerging markets, where most owners intend to resell their mobile phones when they upgrade. Other regional factors in the accessories market are culturally determined, says Morgan: "While the belt-clip style of mobile phone 'holster', for example, is popular in North American and Western European markets, Asian consumers tend to prefer wrist- and neck-straps which provide greater visibility for the mobile phones of the fashion-conscious, at lower cost." Fast-growing accessory groups include Bluetooth headsets and wired headsets for music listening, while others such as add-on GPS receivers are in decline as their functions are progressively moved into the mobile phone itself.
ABI research 'mobile phone accessories' study
ABI Research's "Mobile Phone Accessories" study found on the website of ABI research focuses on key mobile phone accessories and the market for these products, including in-depth analysis for both in-box as well as aftermarket mobile phone accessories. It also examines key market drivers and barriers to growth, technological trends, and future market potential for mobile phone accessories. The report forms part of two ABI Research Services, Mobile Devices and Short-Range Wireless, which also include other Research Reports, Research Briefs, Market Data, an Online Database, ABI Vendor Matrices, ABI Insights, and analyst inquiry support.