This is a lot of phones…..
The handset industry finally did it. It shipped more than 1 billion phones in 2006, says research firm IDC. Vendors shipped 1.02 billion phones, to be exact–an increase of 22.5 percent from 2005’s 833 million phones. The Christmas selling season pushed the industry over the threshold, says IDC. A record 295 million devices were sold in the fourth quarter, but phone sales in emerging markets was the main driver, accounting for more than half of all shipments. We are seeing the toll, however, on both the No. 1 and No. 2 players, Nokia and Motorola. Both announced that the average selling prices (ASPs) of handsets are falling, making it harder to turn a profit.