IDC: Mobile market to swell to 1.8 billion phones in 2013

It seems that demand for smartphones has risen considerably, as IDC reports today that the worldwide mobile phone market is expected to grow 7.3 percent year over year in 2013 — a big jump from last year’s stagnant report. Overall, vendors are expected to distribute 1.8 billion smartphones this year. IDC attributes the jump in demand to a variety of factors, particularly big device subsidies mobile from carriers and a growing depth of lower-priced smartphones.