BlackBerry, IPhone Stoke Smartphone Sales

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

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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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