there is a seasonal drop in the first quarter after the holiday
rush; however, these numbers reflect a very healthy market, and
we’re seeing strong demand for replacement models and from new
Neil Strother, Research
Director, Mobile Devices, The NPD Group
top 10 manufacturers’ first quarter 2006
According to The NPD Group, mobile phone sales to consumers in
the U.S. reached 34.8 million units in the first quarter of
2006. This represents an increase of more than 11 percent
compared to the same period in 2005. NPD estimates
total first quarter 2006 consumer sales of nearly $2.3 billion.
"Surprisingly, the U.S. handset market continued its strong
surge in the first quarter,” said Neil Strother, research
director for mobile devices at The NPD Group. “Normally, there
is a seasonal drop in the first quarter after the holiday rush;
however, these numbers reflect a very healthy market, and we’re
seeing strong demand for replacement models and from new
According to NPD’s Mobile Phone Track, Motorola continued its
leadership in the U.S. market during the first quarter, boosting
its share sequentially from 27 percent to 29 percent as it
continued to ride the success of its popular RAZR models. Nokia
and Samsung followed with18 percent with LG at 15 percent.
In the GSM market, Motorola led the pack with a 39 percent
share of the market, followed by Nokia with 24 percent and
Samsung with 16 percent. During the first quarter, LG was the
leader in CDMA handsets with a 31 percent market share, Samsung
reached 20 percent and Motorola in third place at 13 percent.
Among the most popular mobile phone features, sales of
Bluetooth-enabled devices have increased significantly in the
last year. The number of handsets sold equipped with this
short-range wireless technology have risen dramatically from 9
percent in the second quarter of 2005 to 18 percent in the first
quarter of this year.
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