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Ditching the feature phone for good: Smartphones now 87% of US handset shipments

By Julio Franco
May 22, 2014
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  1. According to research data from Counterpoint's Market Monitor, Q1 2014 was the biggest quarter for smartphones in the US market reaching 33 million units (shipped, not sold) which represent a staggering 87% of the total handset shipments during that period. 
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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,027   +1,288

    Potato, tomato,... smart phone and,...oh wait a second,...is that what we used to call it? :)

    Who wants a dumb phone? ;)
     
  3. penn919

    penn919 TS Booster Posts: 174   +17

    There's no reason to get a feature phone anymore. Smartphones now retail for as low as $40 now and even those have decent functionality for the price.
     
  4. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,711   +747

    aside from the fact that they rape you with data plans and you are required to buy one with most new phones.
     
  5. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    A lot of seniors are scared of smartphones and this comes from the fear of technology altogether. They don't care about text or anything else except using the call features of the phone.
     
  6. How do you know what seniors want and what scares them? I'm 75. I have a smart phone and so do all of my senior friends.
     
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,178   +1,849

    Me. I use one as an mp3 player daily
     
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,164   +1,892

    You have you remember, my generation (children of baby boomers) possess clairvoyance and hints of omniscience. Not only do we know what scares you, we know what will scare people long into in the future. Because studies, or something.

    So, let me get this straight, the only reason someone would have no interest in texting and unproductive features (90% of the value of a smartphone, IMO), is out of fear of technology?
     
  9. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    Good for you. A part of our clientele are seniors, and we see this first hand. Of course, I'm not saying all.

    Absolutely!
     

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