In the developed world, pretty much everyone has at least one smart device and, with numerous phone makers talking about connecting the next billion, this phenomenon is only going to continue. This was demonstrated earlier this month when analyst house IDC reported for the first time in history that smartphone sales had overtaken feature phone sales.
Many have heralded this as a sign that soon there won't be a market for basic feature phones, instead there'll just be cheaper smartphones – an idea that many companies like Mozilla and its Firefox OS agree with. Yet, despite all the inherent perks of a smartphone, there are at least a few reasons to stick with a feature phone, at least for now.
10. The cost
A few years ago, paying £300 for a phone was considered a lot. Thanks to companies like Apple and Samsung, with their premium branding, a decent smartphone can now set you back over half a grand. If you're feeling particularly fancy, a Vertu phone could cost you thousands.
As well as making your wallet woefully empty, a further consequence of this is that criminals have cottoned on to the fact that the shiny bit of plastic in your front pocket is probably more valuable than the leather wallet in your back one. Because of this, while a £20 feature phone may not be the coolest accessory, its value extends beyond the initial saving.
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