feature phones

HMD’s first new Nokia handset is a $26 feature phone

Just last week, HMD was priming the press for the return of Nokia -branded handsets, slated to arrive at some point in the first half of next year. The young Finnish company, founded by a number of No

Microsoft offloads Nokia feature phone business to Foxconn for $350M

Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today. At the same time former owner

Gartner: Smartphone Sales Finally Beat Out Dumb Phone Sales Globally In 2013, With 968M Units Sold

2013 was the year when the inevitable happened: worldwide sales of smartphones surpassed sales of the more basic (and generally cheaper) feature phone devices for the first time, according to Gartner&

Team Behind Facebook For Feature Phones Launches Chaatz, A Mobile Messaging App Aimed At Emerging Markets

A team with extensive experience working with the OEMs, carriers, and platform makers in the mobile industry, and who was most recently tasked with the creation of the Facebook mobile experience for f

Twitter Is Taking A “Log-Out” Approach To Raise Usage, Awareness In Emerging Markets With USSD On Mobiles

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com">Twitter</a> is working hard to build up its profile and usage among people in developing markets, and today another piece of that strategy has come int

Foursquare Checks In With Feature Phones: A New App For Nokia S40 Phones And An Asha Preloading Deal

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.foursquare.com">Foursquare</a> has made a name for itself out of the growth in smartphones, but as it tries to build up business in newer markets, it's covering all

Nokia Plays Up Asha’s Smartphone Cred With New Premium Developer Program

Nokia's Asha line of less-expensive smartphones, not developed on Microsoft's Windows Phone but Nokia's own proprietary OS, is getting a new boost of attention today. The company is <a target="_blank"

Smartphone Shipments To Top 1B For the First Time In 2013, But The Definition Of ‘Smartphone’ Is Slipping: Deloitte

The smartphone boom is continuing apace, but with growth comes mutation: new figures out from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.deloitte.com">Deloitte</a> estimate that 2013 will be the first year

Opera Web Pass Gives Mobile Subscribers Access To Pay-As-You Go Internet Access, No Data Plan Required

This morning, web browser maker Opera <a target="_blank" href="http://www.opera.com/press/releases/2012/11/08/">announced</a> a new way for mobile operators to offer web access to subscribers who don'

Twitter’s Mobile Site Now Uses One-Third Less Bandwidth

Twitter just <a href="http://blog.twitter.com/2012/05/new-standard-for-mobile-web.html">announced</a> an update to its mobile site that is meant to bring it up to par with the new version of Twitter t

Fujitsu Japan Rolls Out 2 “Girls-Only” Cell Phones

Do women need special cell phones? Certain companies, such as <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2009/06/23/do-women-need-special-cell-phones-deutsche-telekom-says-yes/">Deutsche Telekom</a> or <a h

Japan Gets 8 New Cell Phones: KDDI’s Entire Winter Line-Up

Japan’s second biggest carrier <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/kddi/">KDDI</a> took the <a href="http://www.kddi.com/corporate/news_release/2011/0926f/besshi.html">wraps off</a> [JP] a tota

Casio CA-01C: 3D Feature Phone And Digital Camera Rolled Into One

Japan's mobile carriers are currently releasing a number of interesting handsets, which are all part of their <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/05/16/ntt-docomos-feature-phone-line-up-for-summ

In Japan: Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones For The First Time

<img src="http://www.mobilecrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/smartphones_japan.jpg" /> Revolution in <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2008/08/09/japan%E2%80%99s-super-advanced-mobile-web-too-

14 (Partly Awesome) New Feature Phones From Japan's KDDI

<img src="http://www.mobilecrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Picture-21-630x564.png" /> <a href="http://www.kddi.com/english/index.html">KDDI</a>, Japan's second biggest mobile carrier, has today