Now more smartphones than feature phones in U.S. as AT&T tweaks "unlimited" data offering

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Mar 2 2012 - 11:15am

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iPhoneThere are now more smartphone owners in the U.S. than feature phone owners, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. "Feature phones" are more basic than smartphones and usually don't support apps or other web-based features.

“Nearly every major demographic group — men and women, younger and middle-aged adults, urban and rural residents, the wealthy and the less well off — experienced a notable uptick in smartphone penetration," Pew noted. Boy Genius Report has more coverage here.

Meanwhile, AT&T yesterday responded to customer complaints regarding its "unlimited" data plan. Previously the company was throttling data speeds for "unlimited" data plan customers after they consumed 2GB of data in a billing period. AT&T has now upped that limit to 3GB.

Eliot Van Buskirk made some calculations about how much web radio or music one could listen to before hitting the 3GB throttle point. Find his analysis at Evolver.fm here.

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Maybe after ten years, the

Maybe after ten years, the smartphones will be history. Nowadays, the technology is developing very fast. It's in our nature to improve our lifestyle and to discover new things.

Yeah, I don't think it will

Yeah, I don't think it will be long before the feature phones will be so down the scale of purchases that they may even one day stop making them. Smart phones are all over the place.

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