There was a time when people had phones in their pockets that were only able to make phone calls and send SMS. If someone was lucky, they had some lovely polyphonic ringtones on their device, which they could listen to before going to bed at night. Some were lucky to have FM radio and the legendary snake game as well which brought a lot of excitement. These phones didn't have any camera, video recording, real apps, HD games, OTG, GPS, compass, net browsing, Facebooking possibility, chatting, etc. But believe it or not, these phones were quite pricey, and most of us were very proud to hold these kinds of phones in hand and walk around fifteen-twenty years ago. Although this is the age of smartphones, many people still prefer to use these kinds of the old day feature, bar or standard mobile phones. They are also called "button phones" in Bangladesh. There are various reasons behind their popularity.
Why Feature Phones?
A lot of people still need a phone just to make calls and perhaps send some SMS. They don't need all those cool features on their mobile devices. In particular, many from the older generation are not interested in all the smartphone hype going on. Then there is another kind of customer group who like to have two different types of phones (one smartphone and one feature phone) for two different purposes. It can be for example because of security reason. Where there is a possibility of theft, one can carry a cheap feature phone and in safe places, a smartphone. Another thing is that excellent build quality feature phones usually provide extended battery backup. Most of the Nokia feature phones are good examples of it. With extended battery life, one can talk much longer without thinking about charging it in every few hours. Other than Nokia, Symphony, Samsung and itel feature phones are also prevalent in Bangladesh as the price is usually quite low and there are many different kinds of style and features available in these phones. Another reason to use button phone is, to disconnect oneself from all the networking addiction, time-wasting apps, the urge for meaningless gaming, superficial trends and constant influence from one's digital surrounding. Thus, living a life of true liberty and a more natural "offline life," observing nature, contemplating about the right purpose of life, helping the needy and be more attentive towards the family and taking real life responsibilities.
Most Popular Feature Phone
There is no doubt that the most popular feature phone of all time in Bangladesh is the famous Nokia 1100. Some may still remember the old ringtone and snake game from this phone with highly impressive build quality, long battery life, stylish design and the comfortable feeling holding it in hand.