Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Apr 2014 22:30 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft announced it has completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The acquisition has been approved by Nokia shareholders and by governmental regulatory agencies around the world. The completion of the acquisition marks the first step in bringing these two organizations together as one team.

Nokia's mobile era has now officially come to an end. One day, books will be written about the rise and fall of one of the greatest mobile technology companies of all time - one that played an instrumental role in the development and spread of the mobile phone, and the one company that put a phone in every corner of the world, in every person's hands - whether they were rich or poor. This is a sad day.

On a positive (?) note, Stephen Elop has stated that Microsoft will continue to support Asha and Nokia X, but only time will tell what "support" exactly means.

And we are committed to continuing our support for feature phones, the Asha family, and the Nokia X family of devices, announced at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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Feature phones
by WorknMan on Fri 25th Apr 2014 22:58 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Do they even make real feature phones anymore? Before I got my first smartphone in 2010, I remember looking for a feature phone... one with a monochrome screen that would be easily readable in sun light, great battery life, bangin' reception, and maybe the ability to SMS. Just something simple and solid.

But even back then, it seemed like it was hard to find anything without a web browser and a bunch of other crap I didn't need in a feature phone. Still would like to have one as a backup.

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RE: Feature phones
by tylerdurden on Sat 26th Apr 2014 00:12 in reply to "Feature phones"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Oh yes, the ever elusive non-feature feature phone...

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RE[2]: Feature phones
by WorknMan on Sat 26th Apr 2014 00:43 in reply to "RE: Feature phones"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Oh yes, the ever elusive non-feature feature phone.


Well, they used to call them dumb phones, but now they're 'feature phones'.

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RE[2]: Feature phones
by reduz on Sat 26th Apr 2014 01:13 in reply to "RE: Feature phones"
reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

There will always be people in denial. When mobile phones came out people was "no, no i don't want one of those mobile phones, If I want to call someone I´ll just use a public phone or something like that"

Then I still remember when people would say "no, no i don't want one of those phones with camera and games that play mp3, I just want one with a simple screen and at much SMS".

Now they just say "no, no I don't want one of those phones with internet, and apps, I just want to listen to music and take pictures"

Same as they said "I don't want one of those tablets I have my computer".

Being in denial of new technology will be always as trendy as purchasing it ;)

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RE: Feature phones
by Morgan on Sat 26th Apr 2014 00:19 in reply to "Feature phones"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Sounds like you need a Jitterbug!

http://www.greatcall.com/Jitterbug/

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RE[2]: Feature phones
by henderson101 on Mon 28th Apr 2014 12:15 in reply to "RE: Feature phones"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

$80????? This is a cheap phone: http://www.tesco.com/direct/samsung-e1200-black/786-3368.prd .. it's £15 SIM free (and a SIM is £1 plus whatever credit you top it up to.)

If you look at this page, there are loads, including basic smart phones, under $80 equivalent.

http://www.tesco.com/direct/technology-gaming/sim-free-phones/cat15...

And this is just one Supermarket (Tesco is like the UK version Walmart, though ASDA is owned by the Walmart group, so probably not exactly.)

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RE[2]: Feature phones
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 28th Apr 2014 19:19 in reply to "RE: Feature phones"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Protip:

Never suggest that phone to anyone. Even, especially, the target demographic. They do not respond well to the idea that they are the target demographic.

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RE: Feature phones
by Nth_Man on Sat 26th Apr 2014 01:18 in reply to "Feature phones"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

Do they even make real feature phones anymore? [...]


If it can be useful for anyone: There are phones like the Samsung Keystone.

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RE[2]: Feature phones
by Nth_Man on Sat 26th Apr 2014 08:00 in reply to "RE: Feature phones"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

And e.g. the Samsung Keystone phones are made and sold nowadays, I wanted to add :-)

Edited 2014-04-26 08:07 UTC

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RE: Feature phones
by unclefester on Sat 26th Apr 2014 09:28 in reply to "Feature phones"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Get a Samsung Keystone. They cost about $25.

http://www.samsung.com/hk_en/consumer/mobile/mobile-phones/other-ph...

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