Market Research Report - 243383
Grey Handsets: Market Analysis and Forecasts
Grey handsets are not recognized or licensed by government regulators and employ fake International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers. Producers of these devices generally do not pay value-added taxes and, therefore, profit illegally from their participation in the market.
This report provides a global assessment of the grey handset ecosystem, in addition to considering the wider legitimate handset industry. A study of the industry's history, value chain and market dynamics is presented. The report also provides detailed market forecasts for grey and legitimate handset shipments from 2012 to 2016, at a global, regional and country level. Historical figures for 2010 and 2011 are also provided.
Driven by a growing popularity amongst cost-conscious consumers demanding high-end features at affordable prices, ARCchart expects the grey market will continue to grow over the next two years, eventually peaking in 2013, with nearly 150 million shipments. In conjunction with legitimate handset shipments, we expect grey handset shipments will witness a decline from 2013 onwards.