By Lisa Johnston
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Nokia resorted to price cutting to boost its worldwide unit share in the quarter ending September over the previous two quarters and maintain its No. 1 market share, In-Stat/MDR said.
Nokia's 51.4 million phones accounted for a global third-quarter market share of 31.2 percent, virtually unchanged from the year-ago period but up sequentially over the previous two quarters. In North America, however, Nokia lost share, In-Stat said.
Motorola is still trying harder, holding onto second place in the third quarter, with a 14.1 percent share, or 23.3 million units, up from the year-ago 13.9 percent but down sequentially from the second quarter.
Samsung was a close third with 13.8 percent, or 22.7 million units. Siemens was fourth with 7.3 percent; LG surpassed Sony Ericsson to enter fourth place with 7.2 percent; and Sony Ericsson garnered 6.5 percent.
For the full year, In-Stat forecasts global factory shipments of 653 million, up 22 percent, and for 2005, it forecasts slower 7 percent to 9 percent growth to about 705 million units.
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