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Global smartphone sales pick up on fierce competition: poll

Major vendors, including Apple, ramp up special deals and financing plans to entice buyers

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Samsung remained the top vendor, delivering 84.5 million handsets or 23.5 per cent of the total market, followed by Apple's 48 million which gave the US firm 13.5 per cent.

Washington

GLOBAL smartphone sales gained in the third quarter as major vendors ramped up special deals and financing to attract buyers, a survey showed on Wednesday.

A survey by IDC showed global smartphone sales of 355.2 million units in the July-September period, up 6.8 per cent

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