Gartner Says Nokia to Blame for Low Smartphone Purchases reports today that although sales of smartphones have risen in Q3 of 2009, the increase was much lower than anticipated. Gartner, the market research firm, believes that Nokia’s smartphones may be to blame. Mikael Rickn??s, IDG News Service reports:

But the third quarter was a disappointment — mainly due to Nokia’s lack of attractive high-end smartphones. And consumers who like Nokia’s products are not necessarily buying smartphones from other vendors, so the market is taking a hit, according to Carolina Milanesi, research director at Gartner.

Still, in 2013 more than every third phone sold will be a smartphone, unless mobile operators persist at packaging smartphones with flat-rate data plans, which could put the total cost out of reach for many consumers, according to Milanesi.

What do you think about smartphone purchases — is Nokia really to blame?

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