You Can Have a Zack Morris Brick Phone Without Going Back In Time

Ok so this? This is the Brick. You may remember it from such places as Saved By the Bell and 1992. But this is 2014, and you can buy a brand new one. For real! » 1/06/14 11:17pm 1/06/14 11:17pm

A New York City Mugger Declined to Steal a Flip Phone

There have been 13 robberies reported in Central Park so far in 2013. But in most of them the robber presumably takes stuff. That's how that works, right? » 12/29/13 6:01pm 12/29/13 6:01pm

The One Trick Dumbphones Are Still the Best At

We all love our smartphones. Who could ever go back to a time before having an all-knowning internet brick on hand at all times? But there is one trick dumbphones were better at: flipping. I don't know about you, but I miss it to this day. » 8/31/13 9:00am 8/31/13 9:00am

You Won't Believe How Smart Dumbphones Actually Are

In spite of iOS and Android's quest towards world domination, it's easy for us overprivileged first-world residents to forget that the spread of the smartphone doesn't affect everyone. In fact, only half of all mobile phones shipped in 2013 are expected to be smartphones. The rest are the slower, clunkier, and… » 7/22/13 1:10pm 7/22/13 1:10pm

Charge This $20 Nokia Phone Once Every 35 Days

First of all, don't get too excited because this phone will almost certainly never be available where you live. Regardless, the new Nokia 105 lasts freaking 35 days on a single charge and it costs under $20. » 2/26/13 11:28am 2/26/13 11:28am

Custom-Printed OwnFone Makes You Choose Your Friends Wisely

While most companies are pushing phones to have bigger screens and more processing power, OwnFone is taking things in the other direction with these extremely simple, custom printed dumbphones. With an OwnFone, you can take calls, and call people you know. That's it. » 8/26/12 9:00am 8/26/12 9:00am

What Was Your Favorite Dumbphone?

Sure, I love my smartphone, but she's not my first love, and she never will be. I've loved another, the beautiful LG VX8350, who treated me so very, very well in my youth. She was a solid little phone, with a front screen that was absolutely perfect for covertly checking texts in class and playing it off like you… » 8/25/12 3:00pm 8/25/12 3:00pm

How Many of Your Friends Still Use Dumbphones?

I was in the airport last week surrounded by grumpy delayed travelers, one of whom was brandishing his feature phone with pride. "I just want my phone to be a phone," he tried to tell a fellow grumpster. I shook my head and pulled to refresh Rowi. » 7/24/12 8:32am 7/24/12 8:32am

The Worst Phones You Can Buy

You might find this hard to believe: not everyone owns an iPhone or one of the several thousand decent Androids for sale or even a Windows phone. Crazy! But what's even more insane is the number of shockingly horrible dumbphones major US carriers are still selling like it's 2006. Here are the worst of the worst. » 5/15/12 9:05am 5/15/12 9:05am

Dumbphones Are Not the Answer to Smartphone Addiction

We look at the constantly rising numbers for smartphone adoption and just sort of assume that sooner or later, everyone's going to get on board with this thing. But there are some people, young people, who are sticking to dumbphones, and cutting ties with their smartphones. And it's kind of dumb. » 3/26/12 3:20pm 3/26/12 3:20pm

Facebook for Every Phone: Now Even People With Crappy Dumbphones Can…

Facebook just unveiled their Facebook for Every Phone app which will put a serviceable Facebook experience on even the crappiest of phones. I'm not kidding, Facebook for Every Phone will work on over 2,5000 different devices. » 7/12/11 4:12pm 7/12/11 4:12pm

It's Official: Smartphones Are Winning

In the last three months of 2010, smartphone shipments doubled all the way up to 101.2 million handsets. Android shipped the most, sure. But the real winners are folks leaving their dumb old feature phones behind. » 1/31/11 1:40pm 1/31/11 1:40pm

The Most Popular Phone in the World

Nokia has problems. Smartphone problems. Software problems. American problems. But to fully understand what's wrong, we've got to understand what's been right, or to put in another way, what's distracted Nokia. Meet the most popular phone in the world. » 10/19/10 1:40pm 10/19/10 1:40pm

Would You Be Happy With a Phone That Just Calls and Texts?

Once upon a time, cellphones were used for making phone calls. Then text messaging became a thing. Cameras, maps, and multimedia playback followed, and eventually we got apps. But would you be satisfied going back to the bread and butter? » 9/16/10 6:00pm 9/16/10 6:00pm

Kin Memorial Site Helps You Work Through The Pain

Kin, we hardly knew ye. If you're overwhelmed with grief over the demise of Microsoft's smart-dumbphones, or maybe—just possibly—looking for one last chance to make fun of them, here's your chance. The elegies are already rolling in: » 7/03/10 8:00am 7/03/10 8:00am

The Sidekick Gets Kicked To The Curb

I come to bury Sidekick, not to praise him. Less than 24 hours after Microsoft killed Kin dead, T-Mobile has abandoned the granddaddy of messaging phones. Sidekick sales will cease tomorrow, July 2nd, and honestly? No one will care. » 7/01/10 4:09pm 7/01/10 4:09pm

Microsoft Kin Review: The Best Cellphones You'll Never Buy

The Kins have an audience, a sense of style, and—a rarity from Microsoft—a coherent philosophy. They're precocious feature phones, with the potential to make mainstream, phone-based social network not suck. So why are they priced like smartphones? » 5/05/10 12:01am 5/05/10 12:01am

Microsoft Kin: Rise of the Smart Dumbphones

This week, Microsoft finally unveiled what had long been known, in rumors and leaks, as Project Pink. The official name: Kin, which consists of two phones, a new way of doing things, and a chance that it just might sell: » 4/16/10 5:50pm 4/16/10 5:50pm

Why Microsoft Is Trying to Sell a (Smart) Dumbphone

Dumbphones are dead, right? So why—at the time of the great Windows Phone 7 resurrection—is Microsoft pushing a totally separate phone platform that doesn't even run apps? The answer is borderline insane, but just might work. » 4/13/10 9:00am 4/13/10 9:00am

Voice Calling and SMS Fees Are a Scam

Soon, every internet-connected device will make "phone calls"—Xbox, iPhone, laptop, whatever. Data is data, be it voice, text or video. Carriers should charge for data—more even—but leave off the dumb premiums for voice and SMS. » 3/22/10 4:00pm 3/22/10 4:00pm