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Smartphone extravaganza in 2014; big-screen handsets became popular

Smartphone extravaganza in 2014; big-screen handsets became popular

The year 2014 witnessed an extravaganza of sorts on the smartphone front; with several noteworthy handsets having been launched by major vendors like Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony and Xiaomi. In addition, the year also marked the definitive arrival of Chinese handset makers in the Indian market.

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Four-storey electronics mall in Shenzhen sells stacks of old iPhones every day

Four-storey electronics mall in Shenzhen sells stacks of old iPhones every day

In a four-storey electronics mall in Chinese city Shenzhen, stacks of old iPhones are sold every day. Despite the fact that Shenzhen is the city where millions of new Apple devices are produced at huge manufacturing plants, it is also one of China's biggest grey markets, catering to countless Chinese customers who desire an iPhone but cannot afford to purchase a new one.

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Phones 4U goes into Administration after Vodafone and EE cut ties

Phones 4U goes into Administration after Vodafone and EE cut ties

Phones 4u, a major independent mobile phone retailer in the United Kingdom, has gone into administration after its last remaining mobile operator partners, EE and Vodafone, announced cuts in ties with the retailer on Sunday night.

The retailer is owned by private equity firm BC Partners. It has 720 outlets, including 550 standalone stores and employs 5,596 people. The management will brief the staff in stores and at head office on Monday morning. BC Partners said it is "intended that employees will continue to be paid until further notice".

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Reuters: Apple iPhone 6 production hit by screen snag

Reuters: Apple iPhone 6 production hit by screen snag

According to a Reuters report, the production of Apple's next generation iPhone - the iPhone 6 - has apparently hit a snag involving the manufacturing of the screens for the handset.

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