Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Grew 17 Per Cent in First Quarter 2010

End users bought 314.7 million mobile phones in the first three months of this year.

Gartner: In the first quarter of 2010, mobile phones sales increased 17 percent from the year before, with 314.7 million units sold. During the same time period, smartphone sales increased 48.7 percent, with 54.3 million units sold.

"In the first quarter of 2010, smartphone sales to end users saw their strongest year-on-year increase since 2006," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. “This quarter saw RIM, a pure smartphone player, make its debut in the top five mobile devices manufacturers, and saw Apple increase its market share by 1.2 percentage points. Android’s momentum continued into the first quarter of 2010, particularly in North America, where sales of Android-based phones increased 707 percent year-on-year."

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