Feature phone

A feature phone is a mobile phone which at the time of manufacture is not considered to be a smartphone due to it lacking in several features, but nevertheless has additional functions over and above a mobile phone. It is intended for customers who want a lower-price phone without all the features of a smartphone. There are 3 different cellular phone sub-categories: basic mobile phones, features phones and smart phones. In 2011, feature phones accounted for 60 percent of the mobile telephones in the United States[1] and 70 percent of mobile phones sold worldwide.[2] By 2013, it is predicted that half of all mobile phones will be smartphones. [3] [edit]Difference between smartphone and feature phone While a feature phone is a low-end device and smartphone a high-end one, there is no standard way of distinguishing them.[4][5] Smartphone and feature phone are not mutually exclusive categories.[6] The price difference between a smartphone and feature phone is often used to distinguish the two devices. As of March 2012, Canadian cellular service providers offer the choice of purchasing smartphone upfront for $450-650 CAD on "no term" (month-by-month), or signing 3-year voice and data contract to waive most of the handset purchase cost by (there are no waivers for a voice-only plan). The

o term price for a feature phone, by contrast, is typically half or even less than that of a smartphone, and this cost can be waived with a 3-year voice-only plan.[7][8][9] A complication in distinguishing between smartphones and feature phones is that over time the capabilities of new models of feature phones can increase to exceed those of phones that had been promoted as smartphones in the past. Because technology changes rapidly, what was a smartphone ten years ago may be considered only a feature phone today. For example, today's feature phones typically also serve as a personal digital assistant (PDA) and portable media player and have capabilities such as cameras, touchscreen, GPS navigation, Wi-Fi, and mobile broadband access. Another significant difference between smartphones and feature phones is that the advanced application programming interfaces (APIs) on smartphones for running third-party applications[10] can allow those applications to have better integration with the phone's OS and hardware than is typical with feature phones. In comparison, feature phones more commonly run on proprietary firmware, with third-party software support through platforms such as Java ME or BREW.[11] While advanced APIs appear on smartphones first, they are gradually moving to feature phones.