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Manufacturers and carriers get together to bring anti-theft tools to smartphones

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well.

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Amazon will reportedly ship a 3D-based smartphone in September

The success of Amazon's Kindle line and the Fire TV may just have them finaly building a smartphone β€” and if rumors are true, it will have a 3D-style screen. According to the Wall Street Journal, folks have been briefed by Amazon about the upcoming smartphone. They're calling it part of a larger move to get into the hardware side of the business.

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Amazon rumored to be designing its own smartphone to challenge the iPhone

Amazon is once again rumored to be in the process of developing its own smartphone to challenge the dominance of Apple's iPhone. According to Bloomberg:

Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. (2038), the Chinese mobile- phone maker, is working with Amazon on the device, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private.

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Sprint had 1.8 million iPhone sales last quarter, 40 percent to new customers

Sprint sold a total of 1.8 million iPhones during Q4 2011, with 40 percent of those going to new customers. Admittedly, 1.8 million is only about a quarter of the 7.6 million iPhones AT&T sold during the same period, and less than half the 4.2 million moved by Verizon, but considering Sprint's 55 million customers ranks as the the third largest U.S. wireless carrier, and this is the first official quarter that Sprint had the iPhone to sell, it still indicates a fairly solid adoption by their subscribe base.

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iPhone owns top 3 sales spots in hottest smartphone quarter in history

Not only did more smartphones sell this quarter than ever before, but Apple was responsible for all three of top sellers -- iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS

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iPhone makes up 80% of AT&T smartphone sales after selling 7.6 million in Q4

AT&T has reported sales of 7.6 million iPhone units totaling 80 percent of their overall smartphone sales in Q4 2011.

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Over half of smartphone buyers plan to purchase iPhone 4S

ChangeWave has a new survey out indicating 54 percent of near-term smartphone buyers are planning on picking up the iPhone 4S over competing devices.

The late December survey looked at smart phone demand trends going forward, and finds Apple iPhone demand remains incredibly strong more than two months after the iPhone 4S release. Among respondents planning to buy a new smart phone in the next 90 days, better than one-in-two (54%; down 11-pts) say they'll get an iPhone. Apple has never dominated smart phone planned buying to this extent more than two months after a major new release.

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Man uses prosthetic arm as a smartphone holder

While Apple has done amazing things with iPhone accessibility features, especially FaceTime and [SrTrevor Prideaux was born without a left arm, but that hasn't stopped him from using his smartphone just like everyone else. Trevor, along with medical experts and communications engineers from Nokia, developed a custom prosthetic arm that doubles as a smartphone holder.

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iPhone Market Share Continuing to Climb

The research firm Gartner reports that, for the second quarter of 2009, the iPhone continues to increase its market share on a world-wide level. In fact, it leads the way with the highest increase of market share, as sales increased by 10.5% from one year ago.

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