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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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"The feature phone segment will continue to decline gradually over the longer term as the continent's telecommunications infrastructure improves and the market embraces positive policies like tax reductions for mobile services and devices.
Additionally, the smart feature phone is embedded with both a front and a rear camera with built-in flash-light, which enables for clearer photos even at night and in other dark environments.
Nokia 105's removable battery can last for days between charges, making sure your feature phone is ready to go when you are.
India, July 20 -- Currently, the feature phones in the market are powered by KaiOS that has Google's backing, but now a latest development has suggested that the search engine giant is moving ahead with rumoured plans developing Android OS for feature phones.
Lava was also reported as the No 1 Feature Phone Brand in India by Cyber Media Research (CMR) in the month of February 2019.
According to industry reports, HMD sold 59.2 million feature phones and 8.45 million smartphones last year.
The Nokia One was launched by HMD in an effort to bridge the gap between a smartphone and a feature phone. The android device has the features of a basic smartphone and has a standby time of 360 hours.
Feature phone shipments totalled 111m units in Q2 of 2018, an increase of 5% compared to the comparable prior year period.
Sitting here in Dubai, with the latest technological advancements being announced day after day, it can be hard to imagine who still uses a humble feature phone. But you don't have to go far to find the answer; take a short drive to Fujairah or Ajman and you will see whole groups of people that only use feature phones.
Jazz, Pakistan's number one digital company, has launched Jazz Digit 1 - a 4G enabled 'smart' feature phone for customers across Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD -- Jazz, Pakistan's number one digital company, has launched Jazz Digit 1 a 4G enabled 'smart' feature phone for customers across Pakistan.
Karachi -- Jazz has launched Jazz Digit 1 a 4G enabled 'smart' feature phone for customers across Pakistan.