Handheld market up 25% in Western Europe in Q1 2006

Western European mobile device market (including standalone handhelds and converged devices) grew by 25% YTY in Q1 2006, as total shipments reached 3.2 mln units. The handheld market failed to recover from the dramatic decline in Q4 2005, as shipments of just 549,000 units represented further negative growth of -21% YTY, with only Fujitsu Siemens registering positive growth. Disappointing growth of 43% and shipments of 2.67 mln units for converged devices meant market performance fell below expectations, IDC says.