RIM sixth largest handset maker in 2007

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According to Chosun, RIM was the sixth largest handset maker in global 2007 mobile phone sales. The news comes from an article in the Financial Times, which also noted that both Apple and China’s ZTE have squeezed their way into the top 10 biggest phone suppliers. The three pushed out Taiwan’s BenQ, China’s Bird, and France’s Sagem. The article goes on to say that mobile phone sales (including smartphones) rose 16% worldwide in 2007, to 1.2 billion devices, but a slightly smaller 10% is expected for 2008.