Sharp Corp. overtook NEC Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. as Japan’s biggest mobile phone maker by shipments for the first time, MM Research Institute said in a report dated yesterday. Shipments by Sharp gained 20 percent to 7.6 million units in the year ended March 31, accounting for 16.3 percent of the total 46.3 million shipments, the researcher said.
Sharp has increased sales by partly by providing phones for more than one carrier. Some other handset makers are committed to a single operator. Osaka-based Sharp supplies handsets to NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc’s local carrier, and plans to start making phones for KDDI Corp., the No. 2 operator. Continue>>