Basic phones like those from Nokia are still not outdated. They will continue to exist alongside smartphones. Although smartphones provide multifarious features, basic phones have the bare bones of a handset, veering you away from unnecessary social media drama and addictive mobile games.
Whether it is a basic phone or a smartphone, the most appealing feature is the price. Every year, the gap in the price between these phones is getting bigger each year. Today, a Nokia basic phone costs 220 RM while high-end smartphones come at a price of 3000 RM.
If you are planning to get your phone from a carrier, keep in mind that they may offer promotions. However, if you get the total amount of expenses, it would cost you much less if you bought it at the store. A 200 RM basic phone may cost more than that if you bought it through a plan. For this reason, you must carefully consider the price of the plan.
Normally on a post-paid plan, there’s a 1 or 2-year contract with a cost being around 300 RM per month for talk, unlimited text, and a small amount of data. This is where things get difficult for smartphone users. Meanwhile, if you buy a basic phone through a prepaid plan, it would only cost you around 200 RM or less, and that already covers roaming charges, ringtone purchases, etc., saving you hundreds of bucks each month.
Although Nokia smartphones are intricately designed, they are also highly sensitive devices. They sport a glass display, covering at least 60% of their body. There are even models that should not be opened up by the users. On the other hand, basic phones like Nokia 3310 is known for its indestructible reputation. They don’t get easily destroyed no matter how hard they fall on the ground due to their tough build.
Back to your social game
Our world is becoming more connected over the internet, and social media platforms and mobile games invade people’s day-to-day lives. Not to mention, people communicate through email and messaging apps, reducing social interaction. They just dive into their pockets and play a mobile game, instead of interacting with other people. Others would just tweet how much they hate a person, instead of talking to them directly. For this reason, smartphones reduce human interaction with shallow tweets and status updates. Meanwhile, basic phones remain “basic” for a reason. Although they don’t have the amazing features of a smartphone like gaming apps, you would interact with other people as you would not spend a lot of time on them.
Better Call Quality and Battery Life
Basic phones have better call quality compared to smartphones. The calls you receive from these phones offer crisp sound and adequate volume, mistaking them as a landline call. In terms of battery life, high-end smartphones sport a battery size of 3000 mAh on average, equivalent to 2 days standby time. Meanwhile, basic phones have a standard battery life of 500 hours, taking a week without a single recharge. For people who want a handset with a capacious battery, this sounds like heaven for them.