Bluetooth phones to surge 65% this year: Nokia

Mobile phone giant Nokia predicts Bluetooth phones to increase 65% year-on-year in 2006, a Reuters report said.


The Reuters report quoted Razvan Olosu, Nokia VP of mobile enhancements, as saying that 'the Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone market grew to 133 million units in 2005 and we expect it to grow to 220 million units in 2006.'


Nokia earlier said it expected global handset sales to grow more than 10% in 2006 from around 780 million units last year, the Reuters report said.


The report further said Nokia launched three new Bluetooth headsets at a trade show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, which it expects to be available in the first half of this year.