Thursday, 23 December 2010

Techtonic Shift - Greater Inequalities amongst handsets - the disappearing Middle Class

I had spoken earlier about how Smart Phones are now Personal Mobile Computers that can make calls as well.

Well, another 'tech'tonic shift is the Occam's Razor of pure economics, where we are seeing the rise of two distinctly different species originating from a common source the ubiquitous cellphone

Currently there appear to be two distinctions made when discussing mobile phones -

Smart Phones and Feature Phones 

(For us Sci-Fi Geeks, I would like to classify the Smart Phones as the Morlocks and Feature Phones as the Eloi of the "Genus Cellphone")

While I have discussed Smart Phones in several earlier posts starting here, I have been (and continue to be) biased and ignored the latter category of  Feature Phones .

The term "Feature" Phone has been coined as a distinguished term to avoid "dumb" phone ... the  economic fact that over 4 out of 5 (over 80%) of all mobile phones sold today are feature phones, is evidence enough that there is nothing dumb about these phones.

While Smart Phones are what raise the Standard, it is  Feature Phones that move the market

Here's a nice comScore graphic -

As the inforgraphic above shows how HUGE the Feature Phone  market itself is, now the semantics are getting even more complex 

1) High End Feature phones

2) Low Cost &

3) Ultra low cost Feature phones

The World's Leading Manufacturers earn their bread and butter from Feature Phones... yes, agreed the jam and sprinkles are with Smart Phones ... but no one can live on jam and sprinkles alone! (though Steve Jobs and the others, would have us think otherwise)!

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