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FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts - Global smartphone sales soared in 2012, taking a huge slice of a mobile phone market that was otherwise flat, survey data showed Friday. 

A man looks at smartphones in Paris on November 14, 2012. Global smartphone sales soared in 2012, taking a huge slice of a mobile market that was otherwise flat, survey data showed.

A report by the research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) showed a 44 per cent jump in smartphone sales for the year, with 712 million units sold. That accounted for 45.5 percent of all mobile phone shipments.

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