An article in the Phhiladelphia Inquirer describes how the old style flip phone has its followers. "Users applaud their simplicity, durability, and low-tech appeal."
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I have one and like it because it serves my needs and is inexpensive. But admittedly, all of my friends and family are addicted to their smart-phones. GPS, photography, texting, and internet access are favorite uses. A flip phone can do a few of those things, but it's cumbersome.
Personally, when I use a computer, I like the traditional desktop model--a fullsized keyboard and screen. When I use the telephone, I talk on it, and like the high sound quality and reliability of a traditional landline.
How long traditional landlines remain available remains to be seen, as Verizon and AT&T seem to be hellbent to discontinue service. How long a flip phone will still be functional likewise is questionable, as many new everyday functions now require using a smart-phone. For instance, to get a taxi (Uber), I believe one needs a smart phone. To travel on public transit, one needs a smart-phone to keep up with delays and schedule changes. Traditional highway maps are harder to find, and GPS is needed.[public replies, please]