Cheaper, simpler cellphones

I love my cellphone, but sometimes it crashes and refuses to make a call. And it isn’t a cheap model – it just got distracted by doing too many other things like keeping my calendar. Most of the world can’t afford even a basic cellphone model. Wired talks about how Cheap Is New Cell-Phone Mantra, with manufacturers hoping to create a phone that will sell for under $15 by 2008. To do it, they need to minimize just about everything:

Manufacturers also cut costs by using black-and-white screens, doing away with MP3 support for ring tones and providing 100 spaces for contact information rather than 500.

Well, that’s ok. Please just make them call reliably.

One Response to “Cheaper, simpler cellphones”

  1. ~Dawn says:

    My cellphone is about 4 yrs old and has games on it I’ve never played with, I think it has text capabilities, but has a great reception and send/receive feature. Basic is it for me.

    If I want to IM someone, I’ll do it on the pc. If I want to play games, on the pc. And if I want to take a picture, I have a nifty camera that has many different bells and whistles that I have yet to use as well.

    I just cant wrap my brain around it, maybe cause I’m a gen Xer and not a Gen Yer

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