Mobile sales 'set to bust record' in 2004

8th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 8 (AFP) - More than 600 million mobile telephones could be sold worldwide this year, a new record, the Gartner research group said Tuesday, noting that sales in the first quarter were up 34 percent from a year earlier.

PARIS, June 8 (AFP) - More than 600 million mobile telephones could be sold worldwide this year, a new record, the Gartner research group said Tuesday, noting that sales in the first quarter were up 34 percent from a year earlier.

Five hundred million mobile phones were sold in 2003.

Gartner analyst Ben Wood said the first quarter performance reflected increased sales inspired by Chinese New Year as well as stepped-up demand in emerging markets.

An estimated 153 million portable phones were sold in the first quarter. In western Europe sales were boosted by an extension of holiday promotions, while in North America vigorous competition between the GSM and CDMA networks increased demand.

Gartner also found that Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia saw its market share fall 5.7 points to 28.9 percent from first quarter 2003. Motorola gained ground to reach 16.4 percent while Samsung had a first quarter market share of 12.5 percent.

© AFP

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