Global smartphone sales up 29% in Q1 2008, iPhone gets 5.3% share of global market

Worldwide smart-phone sales were 32.2 mln for Q1 2008, up 29% from Q1 2007, but half of that increase was due to the surge in North America, Gartner says. Smart-phone sales in North America were 7.3 mln units, up 106% from Q1 2007. RIM, with a US market share of 42%, was the main beneficiary. Apple sold 1.73 mln iPhones in Q1 2008, taking a 5.3% share of the worldwide smart-phone market.