'Dumb phone' sales on rise – media

12:20, 20 August 2018
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Phones that simply make and receive calls are known in the industry as feature phones and are being marketed as a means to switch off from the constant connectivity people have grown used to, according to Sky News.

While global sales of smartphones rose by just 2% last year, feature phone sales went up by 5%.

Mobile handsets that simply make calls are being marketed as an escape from constantly being connected to social media and apps.

Research by Ofcom found 78% of British people said they couldn't live without their smartphone while on average users spend 2 hours 28 minutes online on them a day, rising to 3 hours 14 minutes among 18 to 24-year-olds.

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