In Japan, Flip-Phone Sales Rise, Smartphones Decline

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Thu, Feb 19th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Reuters, flip-phones are still going strong in Japan, so much so that the sale of smartphones has actually declined.

Dubbed "Galapagos" phones because they have evolved to meet unique Japanese standards and tastes, flip-phone shipments rose 5.7 percent to 10.58 million in 2014, data from market researcher MM Research Institute Ltd shows. Smartphone shipments fell 5.3 percent to 27.70 million, down for a second year.

Users in Japan pay some of the highest smartphone fees among developed nations, the telecommunications ministry says, while flip-phone rates are among the lowest. Many Japanese accustomed to years of deflation are content with old-style flip-phones offering voice calling, email and in most cases basic Internet services.

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