Metric: Gartner raises 2005 handsets sales projections

Based on stronger than expected sales, Gartner is the latest researcher to raise its mobile phone sales projections for 2005. The company raised its sales prediction from 720 million units to 750 million units. Gartner said the mobile phone industry posted record numbers in the first quarter, with global sales up 17 percent to 181 million units. The new figure represents 13 percent growth for mobile phone sales this year. Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung consolidated their positions in the handset market, while Siemens posted its worst market share since 1999.

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