No surprise here that cell phone shipments continue to grow and grow, with shipments increasing 19.3% from 707 million in 2004 to 826 million in 2005. Reports released by IDC and iSuppli contend that a strong fourth quarter was key for the industry to reach this new level.

Nokia continued its dominance in the market with just under 33% of global market share and about 265 million phones shipped. Motorola came in second with about 146 million phones sold; Samsung was third with about 103 million units. Sony Ericsson also posted a year of substantial growth and slowly but surely closes the gap to rival LG: Sony Ericsson sold 51 million phones, LG 55 million.