feature phone

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feature phone

A cellphone that contains a fixed set of functions beyond voice calling and text messaging but is not as extensive as a smartphone. For example, feature phones may offer Web browsing and e-mail, but they generally cannot download apps from an online marketplace.

The "feature phone" moniker made sense when they were introduced in the late 1990s, because they included more functions than a regular cellphone. Today, the device is more a "featureless phone" compared to the ever-expanding functionality of a smartphone. See smartphone, cellphone and flip phone.


A Nokia Feature Phone
This Nokia phone includes Web browsing, e-mail, MP3 player, and still and video cameras. (Image courtesy of Nokia, www.nokia.com)
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