Smart phones outsell PCs for the first time as phone prices drop and PCs compete with tablets

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Associated Press Newswires, 2/8/11

For the first time ever, smart phones such as Apple Inc.’s iPhone are outselling personal computers, according to a report by research group IDC that was released Monday.

Worldwide, consumer electronics makers shipped 100.9 million smart phones in the last three months of 2010, an 87 percent jump from a year earlier. PC shipments were weaker than expected, edging up just 3 percent to 92.1 million.

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