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Mobile phone handset sales surged in 2004, rising 32 percent over the previous year amid enhanced worldwide demand, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. The market research firm said 200 million cell phones were sold in the fourth quarter alone, bringing the total for the year to 684 million. Fueled by holiday sales of cheaper phones, some top vendors saw sales grow at an annual rate of nearly 50 percent in the fourth quarter, the firm said.
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operators' trade body, the GSM Association, said that its members were already introducing price cuts and lower tariffs that would bring down the average cost of a roaming call within the EU by about 40%.