Smartphones make up majority of cellphone sales for first time in last quarter

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For the first time, more smartphones were sold than any other type of mobile phone last quarter, according to the NPD Group research firm.

Sales of smartphones rose 8% during the first three months of 2011when compared with the same period in 2010, the NPD Group said. Smartphones accounted for 54% of total cellphone sales for the period.


However, overall cellphone sales, which are made up of sales of smartphones and standard cellphones, fell 1% during the first quarter, when compared to the same period one year ago, the research firm said.

The average selling price for all cellphones was up 2% to $102 over the last three months of 2010, the firm said. The average price of smartphones fell by 3% to $145, the NPD Group said.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles