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3Q mobile sales hit new high

Research from Gartner puts global sales at 204.5 million units for 3Q05, pushing forecasts for the year up to 810 million.

Global mobile phone sales hit 204.5 million units in the third quarter of 2005, up 22% from the same period in 2004. The figures, issued by analysts at Gartner, show that 3Q05 had the highest sales recorded since the company began following the market each quarter in 2001. As a result of these figures, Gartner’s forecast for the total worldwide sales in 2005 has been raised to 810 million units.

“Year on year sales grew in all regions as replacement sales in mature markets such as Western Europe and North America continued to drive growth while users in emerging markets joined mobile networks and acquired their first mobile device,” says Carolina Milanesi, Gartner’s principal analyst for mobile terminals research.

In Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, sales rose 40% from 2004 to 39.7 million units, almost reaching the 40 million units sold across Western Europe. Gartner sees Russia, Ukraine, Poland, South Africa, Nigeria and Turkey as the driving markets in the EMEA region.

Among the handset suppliers, Nokia increased its market share from 31% to 32.6% with 67 million units sold. Motorola experienced the highest growth, cementing its number two position and growing from a 13.5% share of the market to 18.7%, selling 38.5 million phones. Samsung came in third, with SonyEricsson and LG trailing behind in fourth and fifth respectively.

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