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The sector may still be growing, but the recession is still hitting its big players hard.

Carriers Inch Ahead as Phone Makers Suffer

While the recession is prompting layoffs and salary freezes across the tech landscape, the industry is weathering the storm better than others.

But with dwindling growth rates and weakening margins, it's clear that players are feeling the chill as well, according to the latest stats from research firm Strategy Analytics.

Mobile for instance, continued to see subscriber growth throughout 2008, according to a new report from the firm. Yet that growth is increasingly sluggish — dipping from 9 percent in 2007 to 6.5 percent last year, and from an annual increase of 21.5 million subscribers to 17 million. For the coming year, Strategy Analytics projects growth of only 5.7 percent, or 16 million mobile subscribers.

While are moving to cope with slowing growth, many mobile phone manufacturers are seeing sales in outright decline. Strategy Analytics said fourth-quarter handset sales were off 10.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago — dropping from to 329 million to 295 million.

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