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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate -- For Now

Velcroman1 (1667895) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Androids are awesome, iPhones impressive ... but dumbphones still dominate. Of the 234 million cell phone users in America last year, a dominating 73 percent own traditional (aka non-smart) devices, according to market researcher comScore. Despite their more popular mindshare, intelligent devices like the Apple iPhone and phones based on Google's Android operating system own barely a quarter of the market. Here's why."
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me like dumbphone (& oblig. car analogy) (1)

wrencherd (865833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35167086)

From TFA:

cell phone carriers may eventually abandon dumbphones altogether, thanks in part to the more lucrative data plans they now sell, which are often required to use nicer devices -- even if consumers don’t want the pricey mobile Internet on their phone.

This seems to say that cell ph co's will be able to force people to buy expensive gadgets (which will no doubt be all the moreso when purchased w/o a data plan) just to get voice service on their networks.

Forcing people to buy things they don't want is not really helpful to a market economy; it's a distortion.

On the other hand, as with the dearth of "economy car" manufacturing/marketing in the 1960's, perhaps this will create a niche for the cell phone provider/manufacturer equivalent of Toyota and Nissan, and Nokia can look forward to becoming the GM of the future.

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