Smart vs. Dumb: What Kind of Cell Phone Do You Own?

Smart vs. Dumb: What Kind of Cell Phone Do You Own?

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The ability to check email, read and edit documents and even manage payroll from one’s mobile device has become an integral part of everyday business life.

But, hold on. Maybe the better question is: Do you even own a smartphone?

A new report from research firm Gartner says that smartphones have outsold more basic handsets worldwide for the first time. Ever.

During the second quarter, smartphone sales reached 225 million units, Gartner said, up 46.5% from the second quarter of 2012. Sales of regular “dumb” phones totalled 210 million units, a decline of 21% year-over-year.

Samsung smartphones most popular

For the smartphone wars aficionados: Samsung sold more than any other smartphone maker, moving more than 71 million units. Apple, meanwhile, came in second selling almost 32 million smartphones. LG came in third selling 11.4 million units.

Dumb phones still popular

For some, it might be difficult to believe that smartphone adoption hadn’t overtaken dumb phone sales a long time ago.

 

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At this point, most grandparents have learned to use such marvels of the modern world as laptops, smartphones and even social media, right?

According to Gartner, most of the smartphone market growth is happening outside the U.S. “Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe exhibited the highest smartphone growth rates of 74.1%, 55.7% and 31.6% respectively, as smartphone sales grew in all regions,” the report says.

What type of phone do you own? Tell us in the comments section below…

Jason Fell
Jason Fell is the technology editor of Entrepreneur.com in New York City. Previously, he served as online news editor of Foliomag.com, the online arm of Folio: magazine. He also worked as a staff writer for Soundings magazine and a reporter with the Journal Register Company of newspapers. Email him at jfell@entrepreneur.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jwfell.