A recent look at the second quarter by research firm Gartner Group revealed that, worldwide, times are looking good for the mobile phone market. The group reported that sales totaled 229 million units in the second quarter of 2006, a 18.3 percent increase from the same period last year, representing a 23.8 percent increase in the first quarter. Gartner forecasts a unit total of 960 million in 2006, with 238 million units in the third quarter. But, to use a bad pun, it may be time to “hold the phone.” This growth may not be seen as strongly by U.S. retailers. Carolina Milanesi, principal

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