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In recent years, wireless device sales have soared. In the near future, it is likely that they will fly even higher. How high? By the close of 2007, the year's unit sales should top 160 million in the United States. Beyond that, the consensus among industry analysts is 4 percent to 6 percent compound annual growth through the end of the decade. Up to 90 percent of those sales will be upgrades - a key reason why average handset life cycles will continue to shrink. The inevitable results are shorter shelf lives and shorter product life cycles, but also more pressure on product development and more focus on the supply chain.
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