HTC sees at least 50% sales increase, strong growth for Windows Mobile phones in the US

In a interview, Jason Mackenzie, vice president for HTC America, told Reuters HTC expects US sales to increase to around 6 million in 2009, despite strong competition by the likes of Apple, Palm and RIM.

"I expect to grow U.S. volume by at least 50 percent from 2008 to 2009," he said.  This contrasts with HTC’s expectation of worldwide growth on 20%, indicating HTC sees the US market as its main growth driver this year.

"Competitively we feel very good," Mackenzie said.

While as usual the interviewer concentrated on HTC’s Android products, Mackenzie reminded him that HTC is a two-OS shop.

"We’ll do great business with both platforms," the executive said.

HTC is already in the process of rolling out a wide range of devices, both low-end like the HTC Snap and high end like the HTC Touch Pro 2, both devices which are set to appear on all US carriers, and has a rich roadmap of devices, such as the HTC Whitestone, primarily aimed at US’s biggest carrier, Verizon.

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