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Kinnar
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Re: Yes, Absolutely it is required to Redefine the Phones
Kinnar   7/22/2013 10:31:31 AM
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You are absolutely right Ms. Junko Yoshida, mobile phones are an ever developing device, and I think that mobile phones should be given more emphasis on saving the power and battery charge time. Most of the low profile phones are available with this feature and that is not a result of the giant players' research, Thanks to the small developers. But what I was wanted to depict here was the communication device should have all the latest communication means like browser, im clients, mail clients. Yup but at the same time one can say that this is a user specific usage practice/habit. But at the end I mean to say the power saving is a major aspect. 

junko.yoshida
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Re: Low end smartphones take over
junko.yoshida   7/22/2013 9:19:06 AM
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Rick, that's a good point.

The same dynamic that drove PCs from costing $3,000 in the early days to $200 today will carry smartphones into the mid and low end markets eventually, he said.


But here's the thing. In the PC market, over time, $3,000 PC just didn't just become a cheaper PC, but they morphed into smartphones, tablets and cheaper PCs.

So, I am wondering if there is a new category of products in waiting in the mobile world -- beyond just smartphones just becoming cheaper smartphones. 

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Re: The future of Nokia
junko.yoshida   7/22/2013 8:51:08 AM
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DMcCunneyI like your thinking. And I think many of us in the EE Times community are fully capable of making informed decisions -- in regards to what exactly we want to do with our mobile phone. It is a choice.

It might well make sense for Nokia to issue a low cost phone in the US, aimed at those who planned to simply buy the phone at retail, then get a plan from a carrier like T-Mobile who seems to be pushing precisely that unbundled approach.


Nokia and others could make phones aimed at the intelligent crowd who wants choice!

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Re: Yes, Absolutely it is required to Redefine the Phones
junko.yoshida   7/22/2013 8:40:53 AM
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I agree, kinnar. I understand that $50 smartphones can do a lot of things -- and they are cheap. And they will be the feature phones of the future (or of today, already).

But what I am talking about here is this: Whatever happened to the concept of "smaller, lighter, simpler" designs? Aren't they still appreciated by many of us? 

Kinnar
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Yes, Absolutely it is required to Redefine the Phones
Kinnar   7/21/2013 3:59:35 PM
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The Phone has become an essential entity in one's life. If you are not having a working phone with you, you might feel something lacking till you get the phone working. So a phone functionally is very essential in any of the phones or Smartphones. 

Now the Smartphones when the companies try to integrate multiple features other than phone functionalities it becomes a very much burden on the processing and power capacity of the phone.

What I think is the other functionalities should be left for the tablets or other devices and phone should be kept as a phone only. The phone functionalities include GSM, CDMA, WiFi features. The phone should be made as much as lighter, smarter and long lasting in terms of battery power.

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Rethink featue phones?
alex_m1   7/21/2013 3:18:53 PM
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With $47 smartphones[1], and great user interface for seniors[2], and the multitude of stuff a smartphones can do, it's hard to see a future for feature(less) phones.

The more interesting things to watch, is where will feature phone tech , which some of it is amazing[3], will be used in the industry.

[1]android, http://www.mobilecenter.com.au/watch-video/MTQP00U8ZU0/Charbax/$47-android-phone-and-$140-a31-tablet-by-simon-electronics.html


[2]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=name.kunes.android.launcher.activity&hl=en

[3]The less than $2/volume MT6250, which include a 300mhz arm9, 8MB ram, DSP, 3G, BT, and all kinds of interesting peripherials and interfaces. Again, for less than $2 !.

_hm
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Cost of feature phones after five years
_hm   7/20/2013 8:57:27 PM
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For technology devices, few years after the obsolence price climb high rapidly. How long can Nokia or NEC can prolong this? They need to make plan to switch over to more recent technology.

 

Tom Murphy
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Re: Getting hooked on SmartPhones
Tom Murphy   7/20/2013 6:52:49 PM
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So did I, Dr. Quine, and now after a few years of spending "smartly" I think I'm ready to go back to my feature phone -- and save about $600 a year. (For iphones, add 30%)

DrQuine
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Getting hooked on SmartPhones
DrQuine   7/19/2013 8:46:07 PM
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Getting hooked on SmartPhones requires an affordable introduction (sounds like drugs?). Feature phones are a necessary first step in emerging markets in order to persuade users that they'd rather have a SmartPhone. I never imagined that I'd ever pay the extraordinary cost of a SmartPhone. However, after a few years on my standard phone seeing what my colleagues could do with their SmartPhones, I paid up and moved up.

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Mobile Commerce
Tom Murphy   7/19/2013 8:30:35 PM
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Please allow me to introduce just one more facet to this very interesting debate on the merits of feature phones vs smart phones (or have we decided they're not so smart?).

E-commerce is an enormous beast that is driving adoption of smartphones in western countries and most of Asia.  In the US, consumer spending is two-thirds of the economy -- more than $10 trillion a year.  When you add in financial services transactions, the number is mind-numbing. 

There is a broad concensus in retail and banking that smartphones represent the future for both sectors. Ergo, consumers must have smartphones. (You may think you bought such a device, but the truth is you've been sold such a device.)

There is a substantial movement in emerging countries to develop banking and retail apps for feature phones. Afterall, banking for most people is simply a matter of withdrawals and deposits and payments. That would be a remarkably important advance in emerging countries, where the closest ATM might be 100 miles away. Retail isn't as important because there has long been a supply chain of essential commodities.

How many people already use smart phones for banking and retail?  Do you think you could bank on a feature phone instead?   Could you do without both now? In the future?

 

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