return of old phone

‘I never had’smartphone‘&rdqur;. Surprisingly, it is a possible reality. This is the case of Marina Sáez, an illustrator from Barcelona. In your pocket you don’t have smartphone with chat, social mediaadvanced camera and touch screen, but a nokia simple, light, compact and black and white that the new generation can confuse with remote control.

Your case is an anomaly. “At first I gave up as an option, but now it’s increasingly becoming an act of resistance because everything is done so you have one”, he explained to EL PERIÓDICO. Since the disturbance iPhone in 2007 completely changed direction cellphone, the smartphone market has not stopped growing. Currently, about 6,648 million people own a smartphone, which is almost 84% of the world’s population. In the last five years the number of users has jumped by almost 50%. The projections will continue to increase.

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Constant access to screens has become an irrational routine, an automatic movement that has been implemented both in our personal lives and in our work. That connectivity constantly sped up by calls attention economy This has prompted many changes, but also concerns users who want to disconnect from so many distractions and invest their time in other things. “We have a tendency to keep our minds busy all the time with outside things,” explains Marina.

So, some reject this and choose to go back to the old device which is impossible to ‘scroll’. Instagram, tik tok Among Indonesiabut only make calls or send SMS. “When you’re at the dinner table, people all the time with their phones answering other messages (& mldr;) I also noticed that instinctive movement of looking for it every two times three, that anxiety & rdquor ;, explains Juan Carlos , 31, to this journal.


This trend, which is still a minority, is difficult to measure. Several reports indicate that sales of non-intelligent devices increased from 400 million units in 2019 to 1,000 million last year. On the other hand, in the past two years, smartphone sales have been at their lowest since 2015, something that may be due to the impact of the pandemic.

Moreover, in poor or developing countries, lack of access to smart devices is not an option, as is sometimes the case in other countries with greater penetration. Even so, a quick search on Google Trends shows that, in Spain, interest in the term “old phones & rdquor; It has fluctuated in recent years, but reached its peak in early April.

Cheaper and safer

outside separationthere are also those who return to ‘dumb phones’ because they are much cheaper – they cost between 15 and 50 euros-, because they are more durable and long lasting or because of their desire to vintage design different from the current one, although the latter is more of a special interest.

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Another reason that can lead users to return to classic devices is security. And before they succumb to uninterrupted internet connections, phones can be more resistant to intrusion. In February, Nokia said that its imports to Israel had skyrocketed by 200% after it was discovered that police were using Pegasus to spy on the communications of all kinds of citizens. Known as ‘Burner Phones’, cheap and prepaid, they are commonly used by criminal groups to evade tracking by the authorities.

Nokia and other manufacturers that dominated mobile phones at the start of this century couldn’t compete with today’s giants –Manzana, Samsung, Xiaomi you huawei– both in sales and in quality. But non-smart phones can offer an alternative to such a highly connected world.