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Nov. cellphone shipments up 11.2% for 2nd straight monthly rise.

TOKYO, Jan. 17 Kyodo

Domestic shipments of cellphones, including personal handy phone systems, rose 11.2 percent in November from the year before to 4.61 million units, the second straight month of increase, an industry body said Wednesday.

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association traced the increase to a string of market introductions by various makers of third-generation cellphones.

Shipments of 3G or even more sophisticated cellphone models leapt 49.0 percent to 4.45 million units, accounting for 98.4 percent of overall shipments during the reporting month.

The 3G phone ratio to overall shipments surpassed 90 percent for the sixth consecutive month, the association said.

But with many mobile phone users switching to 3G, shipments of second-generation phones with only Internet and e-mail functions nose-dived 92.5 percent to 73,000 units.

Shipments of PHS devices, stripped-down cellular phones with relatively low charges, dived 54.6 percent to 89,000 units, the association added.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Date:Jan 22, 2007
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