Dumb phones are on the rise in the U.S. as Gen Z looks to limit screen time

March 31, 2023

This includes what's known as "feature phones" — traditional flip or slide phones that have additional features like GPS or a hotspot. "I think you can see it with certain Gen Z populations — they're tired of the screens," said Jose Briones, dumb phone influencer and moderator of the subreddit, "r/dumbphones." At the same time, HMD's global feature phone sales were down, according to the company. "In North America, the market for dumb phones is pretty much flatlined," said Moorhead. Watch the video to get a look at the dumb phones that may have a promising future in the U.S.