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By Deborah Netburn
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

IPhone fever is not just an adult affliction. It has trickled down to the younger population as well.

Forty percent of teenagers now own an iPhone, according to a new survey of 7,700 teens by Piper Jaffray & Co.

And the ranks of these young iPhone owners are growing rapidly.

Back in the spring of 2011, only 17 percent of teens said they owned an iPhone. By the fall of 2011, that number had grown to 23 percent. In the spring of 2012, just six months ago, the number was at 34 percent.

The report does not specify which generation iPhone teens are most likely to have. Now that the iPhone 5 has come out, you can find an iPhone 4S for about $100, and some deals offer an iPhone 4 for free. There's also a good chance that many of these teenagers are carrying around Mom and Dad's old iPhone hand-me-down.

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