dumbphone

n. (retronym from smartphone)

  1. A cellular telephone capable of no major functions other than voice calls and text messaging.

Doubtless some would argue a dumbphone should only place and receive voice calls, but as more Americans use text messaging, text and IM are increasing necessities in cell phones. As someone who both uses text messaging and argues for the dumbphone to friends with Pocket PC “phones” that trade reception and reliability for the ability to play Solitaire, I elect to take a moderate stance on the texting issue.

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