Asia mobile phone sales rise 39 percent

The tills continue to ring for mobile phone manufacturers as regional sales jump almost 40 percent in the first half of 2007, a new report reveals.
Written by Victoria Ho, Contributor on

In just one year, phone sales in Asia have grown by some 39 percent to reach over 149 million units sold in the first half of this year, according to GfK Asia.

In a statement released last week, the research house said that the regional mobile phone market topped US$22.5 billion.

China, which accounted for the lion's share of regional sales, shipped 77 million units worth US$11.5 billion, said the research firm. China grew 46 percent over the previous year.

Mobile phone sales in India, which posted a similar growth rate as China--44 percent--reached US$3 billion on 35 million units, said GfK Asia.

Korea, on the other hand, registered "relatively flat sales values". GfK attributed this to the country's mature market.

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