No, it’s not because Apple may be forced to break the encryption in the terrorist’s iPhone.
There are plenty of other reasons.
According to the Financial Times …
“There is a busy market for phones that are simple and cheap at a time when smartphones are becoming ever more complex and expensive.”
Strategy Analytics, a research group, estimates that 44 million “basic phones” were sold in 2015.
What’s driving the retro interest in dumb phones?
There is the usual cast of suspects:
Cheapskates: who don’t understand why anybody would pay a couple of hundred dollars for a phone.
Old Timers who value big buttons and loud audible over fancy features.
Parents who simply want to give younger children a way to call home.
Under-users who have figured out that they use a small fraction of their cell phone’s functionality, are frustrated by fast-draining batteries, and are worried that they will lose or break their fancy (and expensive) smartphones
Over-users … the folks who are glued to their smartphones (much to the dismay of friends & family) and concede that they need to be protected from themselves.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Apple-Feds flap will raise folks’ anxiety about privacy issues …
If you fret over the Feds tapping your phone data, the solution is obvious … simply dumb down.