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Smart device shipments set to skyrocket

Smart device shipments set to skyrocket

6/17/2013

It seems like everyone has a smartphone or a tablet nowadays. It feels like it was just yesterday that connecting to the Internet meant listening to a dial-up tone and your family complaining that they couldn't use the house phone. But now, all you need to do is pull a handheld gadget out of your pocket and tap a screen. This kind of convenience practically sells itself.

And even while phones used to be a lot simpler, today's consumers aren't settling for anything but the most exciting new products on the market. One way this is showing through is in recent data regarding smart device shipments. According to the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker, smartphone, tablet and PCs will reach 1.7 billion worldwide by 2014. Approximately 1 billion of these devices will be sent to emerging markets, including China, India, Brazil and Russia, while about 650 million are expected to ship to more developed nations, such as the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

"It is evident that smartphones and tablets have successfully established a strong presence as the 'second screen', owing to the transformation in usage patterns, device affordability, and, most of all, the comfort of a mobile and digital lifestyle," explained Megha Saini, research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Smart Connected Device Tracker.

The IDC especially emphasized the idea that being connected via mobile devices is becoming more accessible price-wise for people around the world. The average selling price (ASP) for tablets decreased -19 percent year-over-year in 2012, bringing the figure down to $426 from $525. Meanwhile, a -8.2 percent year-over-year decline in ASP was recorded among smartphones, with prices for 2012 averaging $407 compared to $443 in 2011. The source added that even more reasonably-priced devices, such as sub-$300 smartphones and sub-$350 tablets, will majorly drive growth heading into 2014.

Gartner projected that in addition to mobile device shipments staying strong through 2013, people are likely to continue becoming less dependent on PCs. The research firm forecast that the market for desktops and notebooks will fall 7.6 percent this year. The source stressed that this prediction reflects a long-term change in the way consumers use technology and is not a fleeting trend.

What's your next purchase?
If you're among the many people planning to order a new device in the near future, you'll find yourself in luck if you're using a service like ProtectCELL's BUYBACK plan. Getting ahold of the latest and greatest technologies is rarely cheap, but ProtectCELL will help you get back up to 50 percent of your gadget's retail value within 12 months of your purchase and up to 25 percent within 24 months. With a plan like this, nothing will stand between you and getting the latest and greatest device as soon as it lands on shelves. Your wallet will thank you.

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