Three years after its first iPhone model was announced, Apple is now the fourth largest cell phone vendor in the world. In the last quarter, the Cupertino, California-based company passed RIM for the No. 4 spot.

According to BGR, Nokia remains in first place with 110.4 million units sold, followed by Samsung at 71.4 units. LG checks in at number three with 28.4 million phones sold. Apple sold 14.1 million units worldwide in the last quarter.

RIM, maker of the BlackBerry line of smartphones saw sales of 12.3 million units.

While significantly behind the top three smartphone vendors, Apple is achieving its numbers with just two phone models: the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Each of the other companies market and sell considerably more smartphone models.

It will be interesting to see if Apple soon surpasses LG. That will certainly be possible soon if a CDMA version of the iPhone is released in 2011, as has longĀ beenĀ rumored.