“In the U.S. people knocked the phablet idea because they thought it was ridiculous to hold a large phone to your face, but they’re missing the point,” said O’Donnnell. “A lot of people, particularly the younger generation, only occasionally use these devices to make phone calls. Research shows over 80% of the use is for non-voice applications like texting and apps.”
Yes, as I’ve been saying over and over. I rarely use my phone to make phone calls. I use it for email, web browsing, music, videos, and texting – which is the form most of my communications take.
When I picked up my little Nokia 520 windows phone, I figured out that I could handle all my phone calling needs with a 1000 minute package at an annual cost of $100 – 8 bucks a month. And I would have minutes left over at the end of the year. I can also supplement that with the built-in Skype, whenever I’m in wifi range.
The notion that I will pay fifty or sixty bucks a month from here on out (I have such a plan on my Galaxy Note II, and I’m stuck with it for the moment) is nuts. I won’t, because I don’t need it.
A lot of the squawking about “gigantic phones” has been coming from Apple fanbois who are stuck in the mindset that if Apple doesn’t make it, then nobody should want it. They’ll change their tune on a dime as soon as Cupertino decides to let them buy a gadget with bigger screen .