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Smartphones to Overtake Feature Phones for First Time, IDC Says

Smartphones will overtake so-called feature phones in worldwide shipments for the first time this year, lifted by more affordable models and surging demand for Internet-connected mobile devices overseas, IDC said.

Manufacturers will ship 918.6 million smartphones in 2013, representing 50.1 percent of the industry’s total, the research firm said today in a report. Smartphones, such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone or Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S III, typically differ from feature phones by making it easier to surf the Web, run applications and play videos.