34.8 Million Handsets Sold in Q1 2006

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The NPD Group is reporting that mobile phone sales in the U.S. reached 34.8 million units in the first quarter of 2006, which is an increase of more than 11% compared to sales during Q1 2005. NPD estimates thate the total first quarter 2006 consumer sales reached nearly $2.3 billion.

Neil Strother, research director for mobile devices at The NPD Group stated, “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 subscribers.”

Riding on the back of strong sales for their RAZR line, Motorola commanded the top spot for US market share at 29%. Samsung and Nokia were both tied for second at a healthy 18%, while RIM and Palm both share slightly greater than 1% of the market.

A full list of the top ten can be found after clicking the ‘more’ link.

Motorola 29%
Nokia 18%
Samsung 18%
LG 15%
Kyocera 4%
Sanyo 3%
Sony Ericsson 3%
UTStarcom (Audiovox) 2%
RIM >1%
Palm >1%