The following is an excerpt from GEOFFREY A. FOWLER | April 27, 2016 | WSJ.com |
Here’s something the high-tech world doesn’t readily admit: It’s OK not to use a smartphone.
Americans are actually buying more flip phones, candybar phones and other 2000s throwbacks. Last year 24.2 million so-called feature phones shipped in the U.S., nearly 2 million more than the year before, according to research firm IDC.
Wait, is an ’NSYNC reunion in the works, too?
This isn’t about pretentious Luddites switching to “dumbphones” to complement their waxed mustaches. Every week, I receive mail from Journal readers asking me to recommend a simple phone. Nine years after the dawn of the iPhone, roughly one in seven Americans isn’t buying into the new dogma that a smartphone is the answer to everything.
So for the past week, I’ve put away my apps and lived with some of the frustratingly few basic phones you can still buy in the U.S. Going cold turkey on smartphones wasn’t easy for a guy who basks in the glow of touch screens. I rely on my iPhone to get to and from work, pay for things, find food and perform an alarming number of other basic survival tasks.
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