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Global Smartphone Sales Up 29% in 1Q 2008 - Gartner

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LONDON (Dow Jones) Global Sales of mobile smartphones for the first three months of 2008 rose 29% on year, according to a report by Gartner released Friday.

Worldwide sales notched 32.2 million units, accounting for 11% of the global mobile device market, the report said.

Nokia cornered a 45% share of the market, with sales up 25% on year.

"Nokia continued to maintain its leadership due to the variety of its smartphone portfolio, which includes a number of both high-end and mid-tier models available at different price points," Gartner said.

Research in Motion was the second-biggest smartphone vendor with 13.4% of the market driven by sales of the BlackBerry Curve and Pearl, while Apple was the third-largest vendor with a 5.3% share in the market.

Smartphones are mobile phones that offer advanced capabilities often like functions in a personal computer.

-By Erica Herrero-Martinez, Dow Jones Newswires; 44 20 7842 9353; erica.herrero-martinez@dowjones.com

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