Technology: Not smart, but smart? The return of “dummbphones”

  • By Suzanne Bearne
  • business reporter

Image Credit, Getty pictures


The Nokia 3310 phone is one of the best selling devices ever with 126 million units sold.

Robin West, 17, is an anomaly among her peers: she does not own a smartphone (smartphone).

Instead of scrolling through apps like TikTok and Instagram all day, she uses what’s called a dumbphone.

These are basic handsets or feature phones with very limited functionality compared to for example an iPhone. In general, you can only make and receive calls and text messages. And if you are lucky, you can listen to the radio and take very basic pictures, but certainly not connect to the internet or apps.

These devices are similar to some of the early handsets purchased in the late 1990’s.

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