SEOUL, South Korea Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday (Dec. 14) it has sold more than 100 million handsets in the U.S. market over the last decade.
Samsung delivered its first CDMA mobile phone to the U.S. market with partner Sprint in 1997. The milestone means approximately one of three Americans either owns or has used a Samsung phone, the company claimed.
To mark the milestone, Samsung set up free mobile phone recharging stations New York's John F. Kennedy and Dallas-Fort Worth International airports.
Samsung's U.S. mobile phone shipments exceeded 10 million in 2001, four years after shipments began. The total grew to 50 million by 2004, doubling over the last two years. Samsung estimates it will sell an estimated 24 million mobile phones in the U.S. this year.
It recently introduced its first 3G phone in the U.S. and North America's first wideband CDMA and 3.5G high-speed downlink packet access phones.