Samsung reportedly shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the third calendar quarter of this year, moving the South Korea-based company ahead of Apple for the first time since the iPhone was unveiled. Apple on Tuesday revealed that it shipped 17.1 million iPhone handsets during the September quarter, missing analyst expectations by more than 3 million units. According to The Wall Street Journal’s anonymous source, Samsung shipped more than 20 million smartphones during the quarter, pushing it past Apple. With Nokia having shipped just 16.8 million smartphones last quarter, down 38% from 27.1 million in the same quarter a year earlier, this also makes Samsung the No. 1 smartphone vendor by volume in the third quarter of 2011. Samsung has not yet revealed official shipment figures for the third quarter.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.