IDC’s latest survey of Worldwide Converged Mobile Device Market sees the iPhone as reaching 14.4% marketshare, just over 5% less than RIM. Interestingly, Apple’s marketshare increased by a staggering 97% for the year, compared to RIM who grew less than half as quickly.

Apple’s iconic iPhone added another chapter to its short history by nearly doubling its shipments from the same quarter a year ago,” the report said. “Demand for the Apple iPhone continued unabated during the holiday quarter, and agreements with multiple carriers within the same market enabled further distribution. The fourth quarter also saw the launch of the iPhone at one of the world’s largest carriers: China Unicom.”

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