In A World Dominated By Smartphones, Japanese Consumers Cling To Flip-Phones
Citing data from MM Research Institute Ltd, Reuters says that smartphone shipments fell a full 5.3 percent to 27.7 million units, down for a second year in a row. Meanwhile, flip-phone shipments rose by almost the same percentage -- 5.7 percent to 10.58 million units.
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These aren't exactly the same phones you've long since recycled. In Japan, they're called "Galapagos," after the Galapagos Islands, because they've evolved to meet the needs of Japanese consumers. They're also comparatively inexpensive, which is one of the big reasons why they're so popular.
Among the developed nations, smartphone fees are among the highest in Japan, while flip-phones sit on the opposite end of the spectrum and are among the lowest. As such, mobile phone users in Japan have grown to be content with the voice calling, email, and basic Internet services that these lower cost devices offer.