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 .

Despite teaming up with Microsoft 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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