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Sunday, December 5, 2010 — (ABC News: Money) –


By Paul Jones, Forbes.com



Dec. 5, 2010





Being a celebrity comes with a lot of perks: entrance into the swankiest clubs and parties, an attentive entourage, plenty of adoring fans — and often, a free smartphone from the manufacturer.



Samsung understands the value of high-profile customers. “We recognize that celebrities are influencers, and the best way to endear them to our products is to get the product into their hands to try for themselves,” says spokeswoman Ashley Lane. “From that point on the buzz build becomes organic through press and word of mouth.”



If it’s hard to believe people follow pop singers and reality TV stars enough to care about what phones they use, simply scan the Web to find a slew of sites partially or wholly devoted to tracking exactly that, from CelebrityBlackberrySightings.com to GeekSugar.com. These sites and others are full of photos of Lindsey Lohan, Justin Bieber or Rihanna toting a BlackBerry, iPhone or Android device.



In Pictures: The Phones Celebrities Love Most



Celebrity handlers are often mum about the exact phones their clients use, but Kristy Korcz of GeekSugar.com says some celebs were easier to guess than others. For example, troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan is known to use a red painted or cased BlackBerry Curve. Lohan has been spotted using the device on multiple occasions; according to EvilBeetGossip.com, she’s actually being treated for BlackBerry/Twitter “addiction” along with treatment for drugs and alcohol. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton has been recently spotted using a purple “WhiteBerry” Bold 9000, and Kim Kardashian uses a White BlackBerry Bold 9780.



But other celebrities don’t flash their phones around quite as much. Despite starring in the hit music video “Telephone,” Lady Gaga’s mobile device — possibly a BlackBerry Curve — is harder to guess. The singer has also been seen with an iPhone.




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