On the left: the “new” Nokia cell phone. On the right: why they may be a HUGE commercial success. The phone on the left is a reboot of the Nokia 3310 model, “the most reliable phone ever made”. That article calls it “dumbphone” because… it should be, as its direct ancestor, a real, serious mobile phone. A mobile phone, that is, that: receives and makes phone calls, SMS and nothing more should be “nearly indestructible” (compared to modern “smartphones”, at least) wouldn’t know what to do with a Wi-Fi signal, no matter how strong but… has a battery that will last one month on one charge will connect even from the bottom of a cave, if there is a base station in a radius of 2 KM… costs only 59 Euros The screenshots on the right outline the excellent reasons why many people may want to buy that phone, or one like that, as soon as possible: switch to a phone like that and you will be able to hand over your phone without problems to any border guard, anywhere.
- A long time ago, we had really smart mobile phones: devices compatible with any pocket, that wouldn’t distract us every second, but get enough signal even inside a cave, last one week without recharging, and years without breaking. Then we got dumb phones that do all the opposite.Some months ago a Kickstarter project tried to fix this sorry situation, by letting us recycle the dumb, bigger phones as protecting coasters for the really smart ones.
- I didn’t have time before to comment on a tweet I saw last April: “Mobile Web is dead. It’s all about apps. Hmmm, are we sure? That’s not what that pie chart tells me. I see a different, much more serious issue there. If that’s how things stand, what is dead or dying is the usage of mobile devices for doing anything else than playing, disposable chatting or passive content consumption, just like in that old Pioneer commercial.
- Do you love your smartphone? Do you love being always connected? Do you (or your doctor, your firefighters, your ambulances, the people carrying all the goods you use on a daily basis…) need all this? If yes, here is something you should know: the “coming soon” networks that make all this possible may be very, very fragile. The few paragraphs below explain why, with the shortest and simplest syntesis I’ve been able to make of a long, but great article that you really should read.