Smartphones May Account for Majority of Phones by 2015

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I'm already upset about smartphones. Basic phones just keep getting worse and worse. I guess that trend will continue. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to pick a decent basic phone that has similar photo/video quality... I'm stuck with a basic phone that has a 3 megapixel camera. So far, i can't find anything better than this 3 year old basic phone, on my network.
 

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2015...will it really take that long? Seems like almost everybody has one these days. I've noticed an explosion of smartphone users in our area just in the past few months.
 

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I feel like the majority of phones on the market are already smart phones. It is actually less convenient to get anything BUT a smartphone these days. RIM, GOOGLE, and APPLE already rule the market. I don't see any new Motorola "Razors" on the market, do i?
 

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[citation][nom]BasicPhonePlease[/nom]I'm already upset about smartphones. Basic phones just keep getting worse and worse. I guess that trend will continue. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to pick a decent basic phone that has similar photo/video quality... I'm stuck with a basic phone that has a 3 megapixel camera. So far, i can't find anything better than this 3 year old basic phone, on my network.[/citation]
My brother was running a Nokia 1100 until just 2 months ago... When he found a no-contract android phone with a good flashlight, he was willing and able to upgrade... Not to mention that he went from around 10 cents a minute, 5 cents a text to unlimited texts and data with 400 minutes (that he will never use) for 25 dollars a month...

Made me jealous. If it wasn't for the fact that I actually do TALK on my phone, I would have switched too...
 

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I've been using the internet since 2400 baud modems (bbs'ing, not actual internet). I've got fiber optic to the premises at home, with a fast connection. I game, stream Netflix (2 simultaneous streams often) but guess what, I don't have a smartphone because I'm not going to pay for the required data plan.

Instead I'm taking trips to Hawaii and going on cruises.
 

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Isn't the big news here is that the majority of people are willing to pay for data plans by 2015? I mean seriously, this is why I still do not have one.
 

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[citation][nom]bak0n[/nom...I don't have a smartphone because I'm not going to pay for the required data plan. Instead I'm taking trips to Hawaii and going on cruises.[/citation]

Wow, where do you buy your trips and cruises? My data plan is $30, so that's $360/year - and I've never seen a cruise that cheap! (Of course, in 3 years that is a nice computer, and maybe a decent cruise in 6 - but I get far more use out of my smartphone during that time.)

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I do admit, I was thinking of unplugging a bit and wanted to get just a good quality basic phone. Guess what? I couldn't find one. Feature phones, music phones, blah blah blah - but as for a decent cell phone that was just that, I couldn't find one. So, yes, smartphones will take over because we have no options for basic... well, maybe a couple in the prepaid market, but I'm on a family plan and the savings for loss of features wouldn't have been that great. Oh yeah, and Verizon added 4G to my area right before the caps, so now I have an LG revolution without a data cap so I can actually watch netflix on the go without having to pay $10 or $20 per movie (or find a wifi hotspot).
 

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Maybe,but for me it seems a bit too expensive to go for one of those touch phones. I'm paying for landline and cable,these two cost me a fair bit.
 

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I forgot to add that I pay for a mobile also,but I can not see myself going over the internet for long periods using a touch phone. I'd rather use a desktop pc thank you.
 

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i hate phones. i can never tell who is on the other end even when the only 1 person uses that phone.

instead of smart phone, cant they... i dont know, make a good phone, with a great speaker and microphone? with a range so large that you could be in the middle of the desert and still get signal... because we use to have phones like that.

if i want to take a picture, i take a camera
if i want to make a call... well i bum a phone off someone because i dont have one of my own
if i want to go on the interenet, i use my computer
if i need a map, i bring one with me

none of these in an all in one are good, the optics on the cameras suck, the video/image is painful to look at most of the time.

on contract - costs over 3000 by the end for a good "smartphone"
off contract - good "smartphone" costs over 600$ (really less than 300$ but they have to mark them up so much) and if you want some space for video or misc things, an extra 200-400$ for more space.
 

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[citation][nom]alidan[/nom]i hate phones. i can never tell who is on the other end even when the only 1 person uses that phone.instead of smart phone, cant they... i dont know, make a good phone, with a great speaker and microphone? with a range so large that you could be in the middle of the desert and still get signal... because we use to have phones like that.if i want to take a picture, i take a cameraif i want to make a call... well i bum a phone off someone because i dont have one of my ownif i want to go on the interenet, i use my computerif i need a map, i bring one with menone of these in an all in one are good, the optics on the cameras suck, the video/image is painful to look at most of the time. on contract - costs over 3000 by the end for a good "smartphone"off contract - good "smartphone" costs over 600$ (really less than 300$ but they have to mark them up so much) and if you want some space for video or misc things, an extra 200-400$ for more space.[/citation]

I absolutely understand this sentiment. And nothing can replace the elegance and reliability of a dedicated device.

However, there are some other axioms you may want to consider:

The best camera is the one you have with you when 'the shot' happens.
If I need to make a call, in a pinch, and there is nobody else around, a mobile phone is your friend.
If I need to find out some information on the fly about something like a product I am purchasing on the go or a restaurant I happen to pass by on the fly, going home to my computer for internet isn't an option.
If my map is outdated, or my dedicated GPS is fried, or I discover I need to find directions to something unexpectedly, your best navigation is the means you have on you to navigate there...
 
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