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Smart contracts boost Everything

Mobile phone giant Everything Everywhere has reported an increase in smartphone contracts as its overall customer numbers stabilised.

The group, formed last year by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, signed up a net 185,000 contract customers in the three months to September, matching the same period a year ago.

Everything said 65% of its contract customers were now using smartphones - such as Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion's Blackberry and Samsung's Galaxy - up from 61% the previous quarter.

However, Everything said revenues fell by 4.3% to £1.69bn as the increase in more profitable contract customers was offset by 227,000 fewer pay-as-you-go users.

New chief executive Olaf Swantee said the Apple iPhone 4S was selling well after being on the shelves for just under two weeks.