Too soon to completely eliminate feature phones?

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  1. bosshog85

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    Being curious, I checked out feature phones on Verizon's website and I noticed that there is a very mediocre selection of "feature" phones. It seems like Verizon is planning to eliminate feature phones. Doesn't it seem kind of early to do that? Not everyone wants a smart phone.

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    I think it would be stupid to do so. Not everybody wants or needs a smartphone. The feature phones are also very cheap and command a high price. Verizon has always had some of the worst phones; only in the past couple years have they gotten better (because of the smartphones)
     
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    Yeah I remember the days with the cool feature phones like the env touch and the LG voyager. I had the env2 and I loved it. Now all Verizon has are crappy flip phones. Not a good idea Verizon.

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    I noticed that too. My old env touch was way better than the feature phones they have for sell now.

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    Boo Verizon.

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    I admittedly don't check other carriers phone selection but Verizon doesn't produce phones so maybe its not their fault. I mean more and more people are moving to smart phones so why sink a bunch of r&d into a phone that appeals to a small percentage of the consumer base. For every person I know with a feature phone I know 6 or 7 with smartphones. I'm not saying completely phase them out but the manufacturers are trying to push people to buying a smartphone.

    I also think there is something to be said about expectations. Once you have owned a nice smartphone, feature phones aren't going to have the same appeal they once did. And I don't know about you guys but my LG voyager was a turd.

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    You haven't seen the feature phones Verizon has had in the past 2 years. Terrible. You spend over $100 just to get one that feels like it might last through the contract...

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    I just think that Verizon can do better with the feature phones. Think about teens like me =)

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    It would be cool if low end android phones could be the new feature phone.
     
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    But there are people out there that don't want to have to pay for a data plan.

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    Today on Sick, Sad World: VZ feature phones to make baby Jesus cry!
     
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    Then don't have a data plan associated with those models.
     
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    Verizon wont do that. It would either be get the data plan or pay the full price of the phone.

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    They've done it before. The Kin models used to require a data plan, but then they flipped it over and made them feature phones. Pay as you go data.
     
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    We shall see...

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