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October 30, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Cheaper G1s just the start: Expect more holiday deals on cellphones

Expect good deals on cellphones during the fourth quarter as handset makers and wireless companies make a year-end push for sales amid the downturn, ABI Research said in a new report.

The firm said companies will use “aggressive marketing and promotional activities” to lure customers to upgrade their phones before the year ends. The $149 G1 deal at Wal-Mart is just the start.

ABI predicts handset sales will grow 10.4 percent in the fourth quarter, down from its earlier 10.4 percent projection, and total yearly growth of about 11 percent to 1.27 billion units.

Here’s its take on third-quarter market share:

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