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Nokia Widens Gap With Motorola 

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Nokia gains and Motorola loses marketshare in Latin American wireless sales. Also Sony Ericsson and LG post strong growth.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

Finland-based Nokia, the worlds largest wireless phone producer, has widened its lead in Latin America over Motorola, the beleaguered U.S. rival.

Nokia had 33.5 percent of the Latin American and Caribbean wireless market in the second quarter, up from 29.4 percent in the same quarter last year, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.  Meanwhile, Motorola only captured 24.1 percent of the Latin American market in the second quarter, down from 30.0 percent last year.

"Traditionally Nokia and Motorola were neck and neck," says Bonny Joy, a U.S.-based wireless device analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Motorola [hasnt] refreshed its handsets with new models [while]  Nokia has a very compelling offer. They refresh their models with regular intervals."

GROWING MARKET

All in all, phone vendors shipped a total of 32.8 million wireless handsets to...

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