Global sales of mobile phones fell in the first quarter of this year as vendors struggled to excite consumers with new designs, according to analyst group Gartner Dataquest.
Worldwide sales dropped by 3.8 per cent in the first three months of this year to 93.76 million handsets, the group said.
Nokia maintained its position as the world's top vendor, with 34.7 per cent of the market, while Motorola came in second and Samsung accelerated into third place, seeing its market share rise 3.4 per cent to 9.6 per cent.
Siemens fell to fourth with Sony Ericsson in fifth position.
Gartner explained that saturated markets in Europe were to blame for a large part of the fall as was the general global economic downturn.
The group also said that network operators had to do more to attract people to GPRS offerings.
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