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Pew: 56% of Americans Now Smartphone Owners
9% of Americans Don't Have a Cell Phone
by Karl Bode 08:24AM Wednesday Jul 17 2013
According to new data from Pew Research, 56% of Americans are now smartphone owners. 91% of the adult population now owns some kind of cell phone says the group, 35% have a "dumb" cell phone, and 9% of Americans do not own a cell phone whatsoever. "Every major demographic group experienced significant year-to-year growth in smartphone ownership between 2012 and 2013, although seniors—defined as those 65 and older—continue to exhibit relatively low adoption levels compared with other demographic groups," says Pew. "Some 18% of Americans age 65 and older now own a smartphone, compared with 13% in February 2012."
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kickass69

join:2002-06-03
Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Smartphones are nothing more than toys

Having the convenience to web browse, apps, GPS and all the other stuff just costs way to much. I'll most likely never get one as I don't need to be wired in all day long as I suspect most others don't unless it's job related. More people need to turn their phones off to actually enjoy what's around them as it is vs walking across the street not paying attention and getting hit by a car or running into people.

'Dumb' phones still work and most likely would work for the majority of people out there. Phone companies have done their job selling Smartphones thinking people need it vs actually needing it.

Brian_M

join:2004-06-19
Manchester, GA
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Re: Smartphones are nothing more than toys

I feel the same way ~ turn it off and experience life. If my wife would let me, I'd join the 9% that are totally phone-less. I'd be Fine with Google Voice (basically, a home phone) alone, but she complains that as long as I ride motorcycles, go kayaking, and generally do anything outside away from her, I have to have a phone. At least it's only $10/month.

tshirt
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Disagree, Smartphones are a pocket sized netbook, and can be a useful tool, or a toy depending on the operator.
Watching how my son (19 now) adapted to using his T-mo Blaze changed my viewpoint
. It's handy to have your own internet link say when (used)buying car to be sure the Carfax really belongs to that car (used car salesman really are mostly pond scum, and those at bigger dealerships are as bad as the worse roadside lot)
or shopping for anything (remember how BestBuy used to let customers check prices---on their own SPECIAL webpage--- more pond scum)
or stopping for a meal (small restaurants check yelp! AND the health dept. page (pond scum in a diner is a BAD thing!)
Every question answered in real time, far better than texting or talking your brain out.

On the other hand at any mall and far too many intersections your can see far too much phone abuse, by people acting less competent then their phone, smart or dumb.

That said Both my wife and I see a few situations where we would LIKE a smartphone, the cost of ALWAYS ON, probably doesn't justify any more than the go phones we use (very lightly)Now.

bionicRod
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Re: Smartphones are nothing more than toys

said by tshirt:

Disagree, Smartphones are a pocket sized netbook, and can be a useful tool, or a toy depending on the operator.
Watching how my son (19 now) adapted to using his T-mo Blaze changed my viewpoint
. It's handy to have your own internet link say when (used)buying car to be sure the Carfax really belongs to that car (used car salesman really are mostly pond scum, and those at bigger dealerships are as bad as the worse roadside lot)
or shopping for anything (remember how BestBuy used to let customers check prices---on their own SPECIAL webpage--- more pond scum)
or stopping for a meal (small restaurants check yelp! AND the health dept. page (pond scum in a diner is a BAD thing!)
Every question answered in real time, far better than texting or talking your brain out.

On the other hand at any mall and far too many intersections your can see far too much phone abuse, by people acting less competent then their phone, smart or dumb.

That said Both my wife and I see a few situations where we would LIKE a smartphone, the cost of ALWAYS ON, probably doesn't justify any more than the go phones we use (very lightly)Now.

I totally agree, I have used my smartphone phone hundreds of times to compare reviews and prices of items in real time. It's also very handy if you live an active life (I don't) and are frequently away from places where a traditional internet connection is possible. As always, value will lie in the eye of the consumer and whether or not they want to pay it. It is friggin expensive though.
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MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
It is possible to own a smartphone and use restraint with it and the argument over need vs want can go very low, you don't actually need anything other than food and shelter but that leaves you with a very boring and unfulfilling life, it's a pointless argument in the end.

I have a smartphone and I almost never look at it when I'm out with people as I'd much rather enjoy my life, but you know what? I lot of life isn't that interesting, waiting in lines at the bank, the grocery store, the dmv etc etc.
In those situations when there's nothing else to do smartphones can streamline and enhance your life, I can answer the odd email, check in with real life friends on social networks (connecting with people) , pay bills with frees up time to enjoy life. or simply enjoy a smartphone game instead of being bored.

Smartphones are tools, which for many people enhance their life, make them more productive, communicate better and/or simply kill time during boring everyday tasks. Maybe you don't want one, or don't see the need (though most people who get smartphones never go back, that says something) But don't be all high and mighty about it relegating them to mere toys and judging smartphones users as people who don't enjoy life.

It's like the no tv in their home people, usually it's just about being smug and thinking you know better than everyone else.

kickass69

join:2002-06-03
Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Re: Smartphones are nothing more than toys

Sure smartphones do have their uses and I never doubted that. But being useful beyond killing time and 'enhancing' your life is a bit up for debate (especially 'social' networking where such a thing lived long before Facebook, Twitter, etc). Sure those 56% don't mind having it cost a tad too much for what you get in the end but it doesn't mean they have to look down upon or get chastised for not being up with technology because those people aren't willing to spend $100+ a month for it.

It's not about being high and mighty. What I've mentioned above regarding other people running into people, talking/playing with their phone out somewhere at lunch/dinner while others are attempting to talk to him...the texting while driving bit which the stupidity speaks for itself. The list goes on and on in regards to poor etiquette nowadays.

cb14

join:2013-02-04
Miami Beach, FL
Absolutely agree. A me too thing. There are a few people who do have a legitimate need for that but even those should admit that in such a case they would be better off with a larger portable device.
AZinOH

join:2007-04-25
Swanton, OH
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The other 3 people in this household all have phones. Since I'm seldom alone, I could borrow one if needed (unlikely but possible). I don't object to using a cell phone (smart or dumb) but I do object to the cost and probably will never get one unless my needs change. I'd just rather spend that money on something else.

GlennAllen
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"Dumb" is the new "smart".

Well, if only dumb people have "smart" phones, and only smart people have "dumb" phones... which would you rather be?

(Disclaimer: Pew never used the term "dumb".)

My feature phone has all the smarts I need--makes calls and everything.
Chubbysumo

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Re: "Dumb" is the new "smart".

said by GlennAllen:

(Disclaimer: Pew never used the term "dumb".)

Another disclaimer: these "studies" are surveys, given over the phone, sometimes accepting incomplete answers, with loaded questions, and only of 499 to 1099 people. They are usually restricted to a single area code, and definitely are not a representation of what truly is out there. Then, those numbers they collect have lots of spin put on them to look in favor of whoever paid for the survey in the first place. These "studies" are not worth the time it takes to read the title anymore.

GlennAllen
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Re: "Dumb" is the new "smart".

Statistics is a very "special" kind of math.

StuartMW
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Re: "Dumb" is the new "smart".

"Lies, damned lies, and statistics"

b10010011
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said by Chubbysumo:

said by GlennAllen:

(Disclaimer: Pew never used the term "dumb".)

Another disclaimer: these "studies" are surveys, given over the phone, sometimes accepting incomplete answers, with loaded questions, and only of 499 to 1099 people. They are usually restricted to a single area code, and definitely are not a representation of what truly is out there. Then, those numbers they collect have lots of spin put on them to look in favor of whoever paid for the survey in the first place. These "studies" are not worth the time it takes to read the title anymore.



Not so, many of these are farmed out to companies like YouGov »research.yougov.com/ and are done online.

I am a YouGov panel member and took part in this survey.
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StuartMW
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My cell phone is "dumb". It's my "home" phone and rarely leaves my residence. The phone co. and the NSA can track it all they want
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BK3

join:2001-04-10
Geneva, IL

Not for me

I don't have a smartphone, don't want a smartphone, don't need a smartphone. If my work wants me to have one, they can pay for it.
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Happydude32
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I will never understand...

…Why so many people who are anti-technology visit a tech related message board.

March of 2009 is when I got my first smartphone and I’m on my fifth one. As a completely obsessed tech geek who absolutely must have the latest and greatest, it is so amazing to watch how the portable computing market has taken off over the past 15 years. My dream growing up was to have internet access in my pocket wherever I go. PDAs made that a reality in the early 2000s to an extent, when wifi first became somewhat mainstream. I carried my HP iPaq with me where ever I went. I remember being stopped at red lights on street corners near a Starbucks or McDonalds and quickly reaching over for my PDA, connecting to the wifi and checking my email all before the light turned green. One of the hardest decisions I ever had to make was if I wanted a regular PDA or a palmtop, but by the time I graduated high school and had a fulltime job, palmtops were all but dead so that made it an easy decision afterall.

Now with smartphones, the possibilities are endless as you can do so much more and as long as you have a cell signal you have internet access. I’ve used my smartphones for both work and play but mostly play. My previous job was a delivery driver and Google Nav was my best friend, streaming Pandora or Sirius XM while driving made the day more enjoyable and if issues came up, I could easily call my customers and explain the situation. At my new job, I have a lot of down time, and use my phone to occupy myself, playing games, streaming TV shows, surfing the net, plus being able to stream football and hockey games when I can’t be near a TV is priceless.

I cannot imagine not having a smartphone. Last night at work around 6:30 I thought to myself, ‘Oh shit, I forgot to set the DVR to record the AllStar game’. Less than thirty seconds later, I had it set to record thanks to the Time Warner app. When on road trips, who the hell wants to eat at the Applebee’s you just drive by? A little flick of the wrist with Urbanspoon and you can discover something different. I can’t tell you how many new (to me) artists and bands I’ve discovered by being in waiting rooms, department stores or restaurants and hearing an unfamiliar song over the PA only to Shazzam or Soundhound it. My life is so much more enjoyable with a smartphone and I would be willing to pay so much more than I do for that privilege.

As for these statistics on smartphone ownership, I’m not sure why a study even had to be done. The cell phone carriers publish their subscriber numbers in their quarterly reports. All one has to do is search for those press releases, from the big four, seriously no one cares about Cricket or Straighttalk or welfare phones, add up their total number of subs, divide it by the total number of smartphone users and you get a percentage that 100% accurate. A year ago Verizon announced half of their 94 million subscribers had smartphones.
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MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
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Re: I will never understand...

It's not that there's a ton, it's that the same minority (the same type of people who lord it over you that they don't own a tv) come out for each of these posts and proclaim how much smarter they are than you for not owning a smartphone, because it's the new tv and there will always be a minority of people who get their jollys from proclaiming that the next big thing is a waste of time, etc and they know so much better. Smugness that is all it is.

simple phone

@torservers.net

Re: I will never understand...

@MovieLover76

There are also a great number of people that simply don't give a damn about it. Have you considered this possibility? No matter how "great" all devices are (or how shiny and "make you a cool guy" they are) many people simply don't care about all that fluff of "features". Hard to force everyone into the same pattern, isn't it?

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

Re: I will never understand...

It's still the minority and my problem isn't the fact that people don't want a smartphone, I don't go around trying to change people's mind. It's the smug attitude and proclaimations by non smartphone users that the devices are just toys and that most people who use smartphone's don't really need them.

I respect your opinion that "you" don't need a smartphone, but when you start judging smartphone owner's and deciding who supposedly needs a smartphone, that irks me. Just stop being so smug.

Squire James

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I claim no particular superiority for not owning a smartphone - I probably would "own" one if I had an extra $100 a month burning a hole in my pocket. Which I don't.

A lot of people are poorer than me own one or more smartphones. I imagine a fair number of them don't have their priorities straight, but since I don't know all of them I couldn't tell you for sure.

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
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Re: I will never understand...

That's fine, I respect that, just the attitude of some.

Btw you can get a prepaid smartphone these days for much less than $100 a month, I put my mother on straight talk for $45 a month because she wanted a smartphone. She didn't know any better, before she was actually paying more a month $65 for an old 2G razr flip phone.

CylonRed
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Bloom County
For me it is the idiot costs - just not worth it - I also rarely text. If I forget to record something - oh well - not that big of a deal for me. Might be nice every once in awhile but not enough for me to break down and get one - especially since I am unemployed.

I am the most luddite IT guy I know.
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zod5000

join:2003-10-21
Victoria, BC
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I like my smartphone!

I was pretty late to cell phone game all together. I only got my first one around 2007 or 2008ish. I got my first smartphone about two years ago (a galaxy s2) which I quite like.

I'm still more prone to using a computer than using the portable device. I like how I can use my phone as a GPS and run Google Maps Navigate while driving around somewhere different. I like how I can swap out sim cards and use a domestic provider every time I travel south to the US. I like how if I'm at a store I can google research something on the spot before I buy it. I'm a big fan of texting over talking (as I hate talking on the phone).

I don't think I overly use my phone. I seem to go days without charging it which seems to baffle some people. It's a nice tool to have in ones pocket. Especially when traveling.

Anon Name

@cnet.com

Smartphone - a better tracking device in your pocket

Smartphone - a better tracking device in your pocket... everything that is installed on it is a bigger hole in your wallet.

There is life out there besides being glued to a screen in a middle of an intersection.
Happydude32
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Re: Smartphone - a better tracking device in your pocket

How is it a hole in your wallet if you get enjoyment out of it? What is the point of working and getting a paycheck if you don't spend it on things you enjoy?

Some people like to poison themselves my smoking cancer sticks or drinking alcohol, for some beyond twisted reason people get enjoyment out of those two things, why I will never understand, but they do. Both of which leave bigger holes in wallets then a smartphone subscription.
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Anon Name

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Re: Smartphone - a better tracking device in your pocket

Its a "free" country. Enjoy all you want or can Google Glass is going to be a useful one, brain-wearable smart phone . Aside from other "benefits" it gives free brain tumors to "early adopters".
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chances14

join:2010-03-03
Michigan
said by Happydude32:

How is it a hole in your wallet if you get enjoyment out of it?

it's a hole in your wallet if you can't afford more important things in life like a house payment or food.

my aunt for example has a $300 + phone bill a month, yet she's complaining to me that she's struggling to make their house payment. and no the phones are not used for work.
openbox9
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Re: Smartphone - a better tracking device in your pocket

Different people value different things. Nothing right or wrong with that so long as there's no drain on society, such as your aunt potentially defaulting on her mortgage/rent.

anon_anon

@comcastbusiness.net
If you believe that a feature phone makes you immune from tracking, you are sorely mistaken. A feature phone can be just as easily tracked as a smartphone. E-911 rules require it, and that info gets sent straight to the NSA.
zod5000

join:2003-10-21
Victoria, BC
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Say's someone that's never had one.

I would say I use mine modestly. Mostly because it takes me a long time to burn through the battery. Not everyone stays glued to it 24/7.

This might shock you, but I have no problem going out mountain biking for the day, or camping out of range, and never pulling the thing out.

Whoever said you had to choose between life and a phone? Smart people figure out how to have both, the not so bright always thing you have to choose one over the other.

CosmicDebri
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join:2001-09-01
Port Saint Lucie, FL

feature phone is fine

Having a phone that just makes calls does the occasional text is just fine by me. And I'm certainly not gonna gloat over the fact that I can use it a week without recharging......... umm......err.......... nope not gonna do it.........

okokookokokok.... hahaha I can use my phone a week without recharging!!!!..... lol......
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WiseOne_2013

@verizon.net

If the government...

Passed a new law that it was mandatory that everyone bought and carried their smart phone with them at all times, I think most of you would wish they were never invented.
openbox9
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Germany
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Re: If the government...

Why? I carry my phone with me every time I leave my house. No government mandate required.
m4a2000

join:2010-06-24
Port Orchard, WA

Can I give mine back?

Unless it's for work I really hate having a cellphone. I'm in the age group that I get odd looks when I say I don't like to text. I'm also in the group of people who like dumb phones. I just want to make a call or get it one, that's it!