Global mobile phone sales up 18

Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 229 million units in the second quarter of 2006, an 18.3 percent increase from the same period last year, research company Gartner said Sunday.

Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 229 million units in the second quarter of 2006, an 18.3 percent increase from the same period last year, research company Gartner said Sunday. The increase was driven by emerging markets as mature markets in Western Europe and North America struggled to maintain the customer acquisition growth levels seen previously, the company said. While the quarter showed slightly slower growth from the first quarter, when sales rose 23.8% from the parallel period in 2005, Gartner nevertheless said it expects phone sales to reach 960 million units in 2006. Its outlook for the third quarter remained at 238 million units.