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60% of Brits think mobiles are too complicated

Half of us only use handsets to call and text

Nearly two thirds of Brits think mobile phones today are too complicated, says FoneBank.

According to a survey by the mobile phone recycling company, 61 percent of handset owners think there are too many unnecessary features on their mobile phone now than compared to ten years ago, with 45 percent saying they don't use the MP3 function their mobile.

A further 30 percent also admitted they don't care about the quality of the camera on their mobile phone. FoneBank said that half of those surveyed said they only use our mobile phone to make calls and send texts, while 39 percent choose a mobile phone based on how simple it is to use.

FoneBank also highlighted that nearly three quarters of Brits think mobile phones are less reliable now, while 72 percent only keep their handsets for a maximum of two years before upgrading to a different model.

"People think they care about 'pixels' or 'megabits' when in fact they just want mobiles that are easy to use. Calling and texting remain the primary functions of mobiles, with web surfing, emailing and music capabilities relatively unimportant," said Mark Harrison, director of Fonebank.

As part of its research, FoneBank also asked Brits what handset they considered to be their favourite mobile phone of the past ten years. Motorola's V3 RAZR, which was launched in 2004, came out top.

Photo: Sam Hemmings

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