Cell phone sales down by 20 percent in 2009
Sales of mobile phones dropped by some 20 percent to 2.7 million in 2009, the website mobil.cz reported on Wednesday. The most popular brand was Nokia, with some 45 percent share of the market, while Sonny Ericsson recorded the biggest drop. Czechs also increasingly bought cheap touchscreen phones; every fourth mobile phone sold by Vodafone had a touch screen, the website said. Some 13.4 million active SIM cards were registered in the Czech Republic in 2009, representing 129 SIM cards per 100 inhabitants.