At least 100 mobile outlets may have to close if the political conflict is not resolved before the second half of this year, said Opas Cherdpunt, the managing director of M Vision, an organiser of Thailand Mobile Expo, the country's biggest mobile show.
"Sales during the event will likely miss the earlier target by up to 20% from
The show is an indicator of consumer confidence in the mobile phone market.
"From last November to January this year, sales of mobiles in protest areas dropped by nearly 40% including in MBK shopping centre," said
He said in the second half of 2014, at least 100 outlets owned by two major mobile phone dealers will likely close due to financial problems.
These exclude small mobile vendors that have been heavily affected by the unrest.
Amid intense competition to drive users to migrate to 3G, mobile phone operators have slashed prices by up to 50% for the iPhone 4S and 5C.
Phone makers will also introduce budget smartphones priced below
Samsung, a leader in terms of units and revenue, acknowledges the slowdown of smartphone sales in
He said the sales of local mobile phones, particularly smartphones, will expand by 10-20% this year. Currently, smartphones contribute the highest revenue to Samsung Thailand.
During the event, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Grand2 equipped with a 5.25-inch screen at
Jeerawut Wongpimonporn, the country general manager at
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