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iPhone sees 97.9% year-over-year growth


Global smartphone shipments grew 37.2% last year — and the iPhone saw a 97.9% year-over-growth in shipments. While Apple saw the greatest success, Nokia’s shipments also jumped 37.3 percent and Research in Motion saw a spike of 41.2 percent.

Analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company — as reported by “AppleInsider” ( — told clients that the smartphone market has turned into a “land grab” that’s “virtually certain” to lead to a brutal battle between Microsoft and Google.

He said Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Series won’t kill the iPhone, which exists in a class by itself, but it will be a potential “Android killer.” Windows Phone 7 Series, Wolf said, is evidence that Microsoft “finally gets it.”

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