Boosted by energetic competition for high-end cell phones and strong growth in emerging markets -- especially the Asia/Pacific region -- the number of handset shipments grew 15% in the latest quarter, according to IDC's phone-tracker report. In North America, phone makers enjoyed healthy gains because of fierce activity before Apple's launch of its new iPhone, and globally smartphone shipments rose close to 40%, compared with 10% for all other handsets.

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