Metric: Handset sales to grow 17 percent

According to a recent report from Gartner, sales of mobile phones in the first quarter of 2007 reached 257.4 million units, a 14 percent increase from the same period last year. Sales in China and Japan bolstered the growth. As expected, growth in Western Europe and North America was only moderately higher than the same period last year. Sales will reach 1.15 billion units for 2007, a 16 percent increase from 2006, according to Carolina Milanesi, research director for mobile devices research at Gartner. "Sales will come from continued growth in net new additions in regions such as Africa as well as increased replacement sales from key markets in emerging regions," she said.

For more on the study:
- see this press release