Netbooks outselling iPhones

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Netbooks outsold Apple's iPhone in the third quarter of 2008, according to the latest sales figures.

Displaysearch reported that worldwide quarter-on-quarter netbook sales jumped 160% as the main PC makers entered the market in the third quarter of 2008. Over 5.6million netbooks were sold in the USA during the same period.

This was compared with Gartner's figures, which put worldwide iPhone sales at 4.7million in the same quarter. Overall smartphone sales grew at their slowest rate yet, with year-on-year sales increasing 11.5%.

Fourth-quarter figures for netbooks are also expected to be strong, according to CIO.com.

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