This Is the End for Phones

Someday, we'll all have smartphones. When, precisely? That's impossible to know, but we may be closer than most think. New research from IDC projects that smartphone shipments will account for 50.1% of the market in 2013, attaining a majority for the first time in history.

There's likely to be no going back. Low-cost handsets are already making the rounds overseas thanks to The Mozilla Foundation and its Firefox OS, a free and pure HTML5 alternative to iOS and Android and a likely disruptor to Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) .

Despite teaming up with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) to bring Windows to smart handsets, the Finnish phenom still derives nearly two-thirds of its revenue from plain old mobile phones.

Who will profit from smartphones' increasing dominance? Will Nokia play a meaningful role in this brave new world? The Motley Fool's Alison Southwick asks Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova for his perspective in the following video. Please watch, and then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2013, at 9:59 PM, UGRO wrote:

    You are right on ! There is a reason why NOKIA made such drastic changes two years ago and using the MSFT platform. While Apple was focusing on high end models and consumer markets, NOKIA focused on developing markets and lower priced phones. I believe we will see the results still this year and Nokia will show strong growths in these markets while Apple will lose market share.

  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2013, at 1:12 AM, techy46 wrote:

    Three ecosystem's Apple for snobs and overpaid advertising, marketing and professional types, Google for XYZ'er that can't afford Apple and don't like their fathers technology and love the socilaistic Android advertisng virus and Microsoft for enterprise and IT workers and boomers that actually increase automation and productivity. Each will have 2 billion users by 2020 with Apple making the most profits off of consumers, Microsoft making 2nd most off of enterprise and workers and Google brining up the rear spamming the world with ads and invading privacy.

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