Cell phone shipments: up 29.3% YTY, down 5.9% QTQ

Shipments rose 29.3% to 152.7 million, according to data released Thursday by research company IDC, which attributed the gain to higher sales of so-called midrange phones that offer color and photo features. Though the number of shipments is high compared with the same period last year, it represents a drop of 5.9% compared with Q4 2003.