UBS: Fewer Americans will upgrade to a new smartphone this year
compelled to update. Kevin Packingham, chief product officer of Samsung Telecommunications America, says that while innovation hasn't slowed, it isn't easily seen in new phones as much as a larger screen size used to be.
While it might be harder to get smartphone owners to feel that they have to have the latest phone, it might take a new product to show that innovation in the mobile business is not dead. T-Mobile CEO John Legere says that the move to wearable devices could spur more business. Legere said that just before the original Apple iPhone was introduced in 2007, he had heard talk that nothing new was on the way. This time, the executive is looking for big things to come from smartwatches, Google Glass and other products that fit into the wearable devices category. "There is a whole new generation of wearable devices coming that are going to have some impact on the industry," says Legere.
For the mobile carriers, wearable devices might solve the problem of where the upcoming growth will come from, for as UBS analyst John Hodulik says, "Everybody has got a smartphone." Take 26 year old Conner Green of Huntsville, Alabama. With a Samsung Galaxy S II, Green is two generations behind the current Samsung flagship. But Green isn't eligible to update anyway, and says it is also too expensive for him to do so. Whether he is simply talking his position, or really means what he says, Green also states that he hasn't been impressed with the latest smartphone models.
1. mrraider602 (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)
i feel you Conner! I'm still on my 2 year contract with my galaxy S2 until September! Can't wait to upgrade though, this phone is starting to show its age even with taking care of it like a baby.. But I'm the type to wait for my contract to end before changing phones.. so bring on the Note 3!
2. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 169; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I buy my phones outright, I won't buy another one till my current phone breaks, as I'm very happy with it and don't see any reason to update.
3. tigermcm (Posts: 596; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
bring done the prices of phones and I'll go back to buying a new phone every 3 months like I did when feature phones were all the rave.
4. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
They are monopolizing phones right now hopefully in 2-3 years the hype dies down and smartphone prices crash to what they should be.
Its sad when I can get a 10" tablet with a 1600p screen and Tegra 4 and all of the other specs besides the cameras are better/equal for $250 cheaper than a galaxy s4.
5. tigermcm (Posts: 596; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
wow I JUST realized off contract prices are the same or more than laptops and tablets
6. xpr3ss10n (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
Part of the reason that phones are priced more is vecause of there design. It is not as easy to make a phone that is as fast as a tablet but as thin ss paper. Smaller package is harder. All in all though, in the end we are still raped as the consumer. Innovation is now leaning towards software, although with things like GLASS... there could be a new wave of tech. The big problem is that, unlike iPhone, it was failed to be kept a secret. If it were more of a secret, perhaps it could have made a bigger splash