An economic slowdown and increased competition affected U.S. mobile phone sales in the second quarter, according to a report by NPD Research.
The report said mobile handset sales to consumers totaled 28 million units in the quarter, a 13% decline from the same period last year. Overall, the sales totaled about $2.4 billion, down 2% from the previous year.
...The report did not specifically report on sales of the iPhone, but Apple is increasingly becoming a player in the handset market. While Apple has not released U.S. sales figures, the company did say the iPhone 3Gsold one million units worldwide in its debut weekend. While overall cell phone sales slipped, the average selling price increased 14% from last year to $84. Customers are also seeking out more sophisticated devices, as smartphones comprised 19% of all mobile phone sales for the quarter, an increase of 9% from the previous year.
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