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2004 mobile phone sales down 10% in Japan

Sales of mobile phones in Japan fell by over 10% in 2004, to 43.6 mln units, as fewer people upgraded to new models.

Sales of mobile phones in Japan fell by over 10% in 2004, to 43.6 mln units, as fewer people upgraded to new models. Annual sales will peak at 49 mln in 2006, but drop in 2007 and 2008. Smartphones will top the sales list in 2006, Gartner predicts.