The NPD Group reports that mobile phone sales to consumers in the U.S. have reached 34.8 million units in the first quarter of 2006. Representing an increase of more than 11 percent from sales in the first quarter of 2005, NPD predicts total first quarter 2006 consumer sales will be around $2.3 billion. NPD’s Mobile Phone Track percentages show Motorola continuing to lead in the U.S. market. The company experienced an increase in share percentages for its first quarter from 27 percent to 29 percent. Other leaders include Nokia and Samsung with 18 percent and LG at 15 percent. Looking at the GSM market, Motorola takes the top spot with a 39 percent share; Nokia follows at 24 percent and Samsung at 16 percent. As for CDMA handset sales, LG leads at 31 percent. Samsung and Motorola, once again top sellers, showed market shares of 20 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Technology continuing to soar, brings along with it sales of Bluetooth-enabled devices. The numbers show handset sales featuring this short-range wireless technology have doubled from the second quarter of 2005 to the first quarter in 2006, boasting a jump from 9 percent to 18 percent.
Top 10 Manufacturers’ First Quarter 2006 Market Shares