Nokia holds more than a half of the mobile telephony market in Romania

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Nokia is leading in the ranking of the best-selling smartphone terminals in Romania in March 2009, with its best-selling models being N5800 and E71, while iPhone, the phone produced by Apple, ranks 4th in sales on the local smartphone market, with 1,527 units, according to estimates provided by a GfK report, Business Standard daily quoted sources on the telecom market.

The Finnish company Nokia saw a market share worth more than 55 percent January through March this year, with at least three positions taken in the monthly rankings of the first five models sold, a ranking it shared only with Sony Ericsson.

In an overall ranking of mobile phones sales on the domestic market, Apple was overtaken in Romania by Toshiba and also by the terminals produced by the former BenQ-Siemens consortium. IPhone 3G was launched in Romania late in August 2008.

The smartphones ranking revealing sales figures on the domestic market, was topped by Nokia, with N5800 and E71 models, followed by the BlackBerry Bold model from Research In Motion.

There were 320,000-330,000 phones sold every month in Romania, in 2008, with the figure dropping early in 2009 down to 230,000-240,000. Razvan Petrescu, country manager with Nokia, estimated a volume of 5.5 million phones sold last year.

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