Decline in average selling prices encouraging sales, IDC says
The IDCsays that smartphone shipments should be more than 39 percent higher than those in 2012 by the close of this year with totals exceeding 1 billion units. By 2017, the number is expected to approach 1.7 billion units worldwide. The major culprit is a steady decline in average selling prices (ASPs).
Smartphones are bigger than feature phones, they're more complicated to use, and they're typically far more expensive, both in terms of upfront costs for the hardware and over the long haul when you factor in the required data charge every month for two years (assuming you're locked in a two-year service agreement). Nevertheless, smartphones now outnumber feature phones among U.S. adults, according to data by Pew Internet.
Nothing makes you feel like more of a failure at life faster than losing or misplacing a cellphone, especially in an age where more and more of us opt to use our mobile handsets as the sole means of telecommunications in our households. Android handset owners can turn to apps like Find My Phone to keep track of the device’s whereabouts. The same goes for iPhone users and Find My iPhone. But what if you’re rocking a lowly feature phone or a barebones handset that does nothing else but you know, be a phone? You can try retracing your steps in order to find the misplaced device, drop a wad of cash on a new handset, or call it using Where’s My Cellphone, our Cool Site of the Week.
The Kin has been a running joke in the tech industry ever since Microsoft pulled the plug just a few months after launch, but it appears as though Microsoft isn’t quite done dragging the brand name through the mud. Anyone who purchased a Kin from Verizon will receive a notice in the coming days informing them that their device will still be able to browse the web, send email, and even stream music, but the Kin Studio social networking service will terminate on January 31st 2011.
What does this mean for Kin owners? The live home screen and social networking features which set the phone apart will not only stop working, but will be forever frozen in place with information retrieved prior to the service shutting down. Users are encouraged to log into the Kin user site to backup any pictures and videos taken by the phone, since they too will cease to exist after January 31st.
Thankfully, Verizon seems to be willing to replace any zombified Kin’s with a free 3G handset of your choice, which is pretty reasonable considering the phone is still semi functional. Let’s just hope Microsoft learns its lesson this time and finally gives up on the Kin once and for all.