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stsf | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted November 10, 2009 at 7:22 AM via web

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Why are more features constantly been added to the mobile phone?

why are more features constantly been added to the mobile phone? Cameras, Video phones, TV's, MP3, or 4 players, internet, Sat Navigation, etc. Think about new technology (better features-smaller), better manufacturing factories (lower cost to make)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 10, 2009 at 7:28 AM (Answer #1)

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The reason that mobile phones continually get features added to them is so that the companies can sell more of them.

Let's say we're back at the beginning of mobile phones.  Your company makes a basic phone with few features.  Lots of people buy it and you get rich.  But now imagine a competitor builds a new phone with lots of features.  It can access the internet and take pictures and it's smaller and lighter.  Who's going to want to buy your basic phone now?

So if companies don't innovate, other companies will and the companies that don't innovate (add new features) will lose out and possibly go bankrupt.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 10, 2009 at 7:32 AM (Answer #2)

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Simply put, more features are being added to more phones because more consumers are clamoring for them.  The enhancements which you identify are becoming quite common and almost standard in many cell phone models because consumers are asking more from their phones.  This might be driven by the desire of the consumer or the result of great advertising and excellent word of mouth.  However, the reality is that many phones are containing these items because of demand.  Due to the fact that the demand is so large, production of phones is also increasing, making the cost not as significant as before.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 10, 2009 at 7:36 AM (Answer #3)

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There also is another side to the equation. People want these new features. There is what I call a cult of novelty in America. We get sick of things, even good things, because they are old. Companies are great at capitalizing on this. Also, they through advertising companies create this type of atmosphere, so that we want these things more and more. The culture is so much like this, that rarely do companies build things the way they used to. For example, companies know that people will not use a computer for more than 4 years. So, why would they build something to last much longer? As long as it last for 4 years, that is all they need. In this way they are able to save money and make more. In short, we are in a vicious cycle. We are sold things that we really do not need. Just look at the economy. This is my opinion.

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