BlackBerry, IPhone Stoke Smartphone Sales

Sales double in North America as consumers increasingly snatch up the sophisticated handsets.


The slow U.S. economy hasn't stymied sales of smartphones. American consumers increasingly snatch up the sophisticated handsets; we doubled our purchases in the first quarter compared with last year, according to data from Gartner. That was enough to nearly match sales in Europe, traditionally a stronger market than North America.

European consumers are driving much of the growth on this side of the Atlantic. New consumer-friendly models such as the Pearl and Curve helped keep BlackBerry No. 1 in this market. The iPhone also helped drive sales, vaulting Apple to second place among smartphone vendors here and third worldwide. Outside America, Nokia continues to dominate the high-end phones and accounts for nearly half of global sales.


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