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 email, 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, email, MP3 player, and still and video cameras. (Image courtesy of Nokia, www.nokia.com)
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But if you want to stay in touch via phone calls and text message you still need a phone - a dumb phone, that is - and that's just what the 3310 is.
But, if you want to stay in touch via phone calls and text messages, you still need a phone - a dumb phone, that is - and that's just what the 3310 is.
I have a flip phone and I love it, but I often hear things like "I feel so sorry for you because you have a dumb phone.
Editor Ken Collier has a dumb phone and lives in Minnesota.
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Even if it's not the fastest phone out there, having access to the software selection in the Play Store could totally change someone's life if they're coming from a dumb phone and have no other computing devices.
This market will eventually outgrow the dumb phone market because a smart phone is capable to communicate with platforms like Android and Apple's iOS, which are very versatile compared to conventional STK platforms.
If you're using an older phone you're better off with a classic dumb phone.
The study, released Thursday, says that manufacturers shipped 216 million smartphones worldwide in January, February and March, compared with only 189 million of their dumb phone counterparts.
The solution combines Phone1's patent pending fraud detection and prevention technology with the ability to generate call detail records, and provides the ability to determine the correct charge for domestic and international direct-dialed calls from dumb phones, validate correct coin deposits and provide answer supervision for call completion (and coin-collection tone) to a proprietary daughter board that will be installed in each dumb phone.
We wanted to be able to measure lung function on any type of phone you might encounter around the world -- smartphones, dumb phones, landlines, pay phones," said Shwetak Patel, Washington Research Foundation Endowed Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the UW.
ITR systems work with any device that can send and receive messages, including smartphones, dumb phones, game stations, and virtual reality headsets.