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Expect anemic mobile phone growth in U.S. through 2018

Matt Hamblen | Oct. 21, 2014
The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will decline this year by 1% even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth, an IDC analyst said Monday.

Llamas summarized the U.S. situation this way: "Having reached market saturation, the U.S. mobile phone market will be largely characterized by replacement handsets rather than handsets for first-time users, resulting in anemic growth going forward. By 2018..., total mobile phone shipments into the U.S. will reach 168.9 million units, a calculated annual growth rate of just minus 0.8%"


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