Question of the Day: Are Smartphones Replacing Standard Phones?

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The T-Mobile G1 sells for a subsidized $179, the iPhone 3G for $199, and even Palm and BlackBerry have popular smartphones aimed at consumers. This proves regular people want email, music, a little web and some mapping. The question is, are all these cheaper smarter smartphones killing the market for regular phones? Will "feature" phones with similar functionality—like Sprint's Samsung Instinct or Verizon's LG Dare—grow or get bitchslapped by phones running true mobile computing platforms? In a nutshell...

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golferal
golferal - pataflaflas FTW

I see smartphones and dumbphones meeting more in the middle. We're already seeing complicated OSes like WinMo get easier to use UIs and becoming more friendly to the average user.