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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

March 6, 2006 at 10:45 AM

Mobile games at a standstill

In the past few months, wireless carriers have increased their game portfolios significantly, adding about 59 titles to the cellphone storefront. But that hasn’t translated into more sales, according to a report released today by M:Metrics, a mobile research firm in Seattle.

It said that as the selection of mobile games has climbed, so has the price, with the subscriber level remaining about 5 million to 6 million who downloaded at least one game a month during the past year.

M:Metrics said prices have increased because carriers are trying to find the appropriate price points for mobile games. As a result, prices for one-time downloads have increased by 3 percent while prices for subscriptions have increased 5 percent.

As for who is purchasing the games on what handhelds? M:Metrics said it is primarily males 25 and under wielding Motorola Razrs. This demographic was more than twice as likely to download a mobile game and 305,588 mobile gamers with a Razr reported downloading a game onto the device in the quarter ended January 2006.

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