24 Jul '12, 4pm

The Feature Phone Rises (Again?): via @eetimes

The Feature Phone Rises (Again?): via @eetimes

I'm not sure there's a market for a feature phone anymore. It's not the end-user price at issue ... you can check on Amazon.com right now and find a dozen or more smartphones, free with contract. The original model for the feature phone pretty much failed, and largely due to the telcos greed I think. The primary difference between a smartphone and a feature phone isn't price, it's control. A smartphone has an active developer community and non-telco-controlled access to applications. They follow the usual PC model of software: buy it, it's yours. Feature phones usually had a small number of built-in premium features, really an extension of the better "dumb" phones' growing set of built in applications: calendar, alarm, calculator, games, etc. You could probably do rudimentary web browsing, and for that, you paid a monthly fee, but something less than that of a smartphone. ...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4391002/The-Featu...

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