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Chris Narbone
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Chris Narbone,
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4/29/2013 | 2:03:11 PM
re: Smartphones Outpace Feature Phones, Samsung Leads
How the smartphone overtook the feature phone will be a footnote in the history books. What's going to take over the smartphone? I think that'll be bigger news. Already starting to see it with Google Glass but still a couple of years away from going really mainstream.

Human augmentation? That's where we're heading.
Jerry Walter
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4/27/2013 | 11:09:04 AM
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IPhone? What's a freaking IPhone? Oh, that other Apple proprietary device. Gotcha.
c smythe
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4/27/2013 | 3:54:33 AM
re: Smartphones Outpace Feature Phones, Samsung Leads
meh, didn't want the iphone then, don't want one now . . . so there!
Number 6
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4/26/2013 | 7:53:14 PM
re: Smartphones Outpace Feature Phones, Samsung Leads
Definitely. I went to upgrade my dad's phone. He only wants to use it for phone calls, not even texting. The low-end feature phone he got from AT&T still has data features built in. And there's no way to configure the phone to turn off 3G. If he accidentally presses the wrong button he'll get a surprise on his bill because he doesn't have a data plan. I've heard he can call AT&T and have them block it but why should he have to go through that aggravation?
majenkins
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majenkins,
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4/26/2013 | 7:29:33 PM
re: Smartphones Outpace Feature Phones, Samsung Leads
I agree 1000%. Another issue, but I think yours is more of the story, is that the pundits like "Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC", have been telling people for years "Phone users want computers in their pockets," and "The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away."

Sort of a self fulfilling prophecy, plus add in the tyrants motto, "say something often enough and loud enough and no matter whether it is true people will start to believe it."
Tom Mariner
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4/26/2013 | 2:55:04 PM
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Of course smartphones are outpacing! Since the days when cavemen rubbed two stones together to make fire, they looked down at their hands and said, "I need a flat rectangular thing with a color touchscreen I can hold in my hand that will let me talk with anybody and find out anything in the world." Anything, of course, but where the next SaberTooth Tiger meal is hiding. Yeah, I know www.sabertooth.com wasn't up then.
#urparanoid
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4/26/2013 | 2:51:32 PM
re: Smartphones Outpace Feature Phones, Samsung Leads
Of course they outsell feature phones. Have you seen the lackluster selection of feature phones that carriers offer these days? Customers are almost forced into a smart phone if they want anything worthwhile and then that of course forces them into a data plan. If there were still a reasonable selection of feature phones available simply for talk and text, I'd imagine they would still be selling just fine.


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