Report: Smartphone sales up 16%

Research firm Gartner says that second-quarter worldwide smartphone sales are up 15.7 percent, totaling 32.2 million units.  However, Roberta Cozza, principal analyst with Gartner, says that while sales are up, the increase is at a lower rate than it was in 2007. "The current economic environment continues to negatively impact the market, limiting consumer spending and replacement purchases in general," Cozza says.

The North American market is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets. In second quarter of 2008 North America had an increase of 78.7 percent in sales year over year accounting for almost 25 percent of all global smartphone sales.

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