U.S. mobile phone sales on the rise


34.8 million handsets were sold in the U.S. in the first quarter of this year, which is an 11% increase over the same quarter in the previous year. In monetary terms, that translates into $2.3 billion for the quarter in American phone sales. The strong results weren’t necessarily expected, as the market usually slumps after the holidays.

Though Nokia is still the number one maker in the world, they have to settle for the number two spot in the U.S. Motorola rode the RAZR to the top spot, increasing their market share from 27% to 29%. The rest of the top five was made up by Samsung, LG and Kyocera Wireless. Bluetooth was also embraced in the U.S., with sales of Bluetooth models increasing from 9% last year to 18% of total sales this year.

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