Flip Phone Sales in Japan on the Rise

In much of the civilized world, the era of the flip phone is over. Smartphones have graduated to smaller versions of tablets and people just don’t have time to flip anymore. I believe “ain’t nobody got time for that” would be the appropriate meme here.

Yet in Japan, smartphone sales are declining and flip phones are just as popular as ever, if not more so, which is why LG and Samsung still produce new models in that marketplace. Granted, modern flip phones boast a lot more features than they did a decade ago, but elsewhere in the world everyone has made the shift to traditional smartphones. Over the course of 2014, flip phone sales in Japan rose 5.7% while smartphone sales fell 5.3%, showing a trend that is the opposite of pretty much every other market in the world.

I will say this: when I had a flip phone, I didn’t worry about it as much as I do my current Galaxy Note 3 or even my last phone, the HTC Incredible. Having a phone that can flip closed when not in use gives you such a greater sense of security over having a phone with a giant, constantly-exposed screen.

via Mobile Burn

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