Google disrupts the Nest Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 11:34 am. PT Written by Jim Dalrymple I laughed out loud at this comic. CJ This is already happening with mobile phones. My dad got a new cell phone. He wanted a flip phone (a feature phone) like what he used to have, just something basic and easy to take calls and check voicemail. They told him at the carrier store that he would have to pay a bunch of money for the flip phone (I don’t know how much, but more than he cared to spend) but they could give him this awesome great super duper smartphone for free. He told them he didn’t want that because he didn’t need his phone to be smart. He just wanted a phone. But since he didn’t want to waste money (his second wife does that for him) he took the phone they offered. He now has a Windows Phone. He does not understand how to use it. He would not use its advanced features even if he could, which is irrelevant since he can’t figure out how to. And it gets horrible battery life, presumably because of all the awesome great super duper smart features he does not want, need, nor know how to use. He hates his new phone. I suspect he wishes he had spent the money for the less capable but more functional flip phone he had originally asked for. I wish he had asked me, because I would have had him get an iPhone 4S with visual voicemail for $0.99. But on the bright side, Windows Phone marketshare is growing. http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II that’s weird. My father in law had an upgrade coming he walked into the AT&T store and walked out with the exact same flip phone that he had before I think it was maybe a newer model but he didn’t have any issues whatsoever. Moeskido There are other carriers and MNVOs who still sell dumbphones like the one I use. Virgin Mobile is one. CJ My dad is 76. He’s a busy doctor, knows very little about technology, and has very little time to screw around with things like mobile phones. For some reason, he needed to replace his phone, so he went to the Verizon store and relied on the people working there to take care of his needs. Unfortunately, he did not let me know what he was doing or ask for my help, or I would have made sure he’d gotten an iPhone and would have shown him how to use the few functions he needed. He had been very impressed with visual voice mail when I showed it to him (as a doctor, he deals with a lot of phone messages) and I had hoped he would get an iPhone when he changed phones. He would have been perfectly fine with the free iPhone 4. Or if he had really wanted a flip phone, I would have made sure he had gotten that. But he didn’t call me. I have no doubt the people at the store could have done a better job of helping him get what he really wanted, but they wanted to give him this Windows Phone and he was dependent on them to help him. So he got what they wanted him to have. My dad can deliver babies, cure the sick, and care for the dying. But he hasn’t the vaguest idea how to deal with mobile phones and wireless carriers. And he has more important demands on his time than to find out. I’m sure both of you are right that he could have gotten a free or cheap feature phone. And I know he could have gotten an iPhone 4 for free if he’d known to demand it. But he relied on some Verizon store flunky who, for some reason, wanted him to have a Windows Phone. So that’s what he ended up with. And he hates it. I bet there are a lot of other people just like my dad out there contributing to Android and Windows Phone market share growth who got the phone they have because that’s what some guy at the carrier store gave them and they didn’t know enough to make sure they got themselves something better suited to their needs. Not everyone has the tech savvy of those of us who read The Loop. That’s the point of my story. http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II You mean like the AT&T reps that keep trying to shove an iPhone 4s down my Dad’s throat although he keeps saying he doesn’t want another iPhone [has 3Gs right now]. Just saying…all phones get pushed. It is a fallacy to think otherwise. CJ I didn’t say otherwise, did I? I’m an Apple guy, so I would have gotten my dad an iPhone and supported him in using it. The carrier guys sold him something he didn’t need that doesn’t meet his needs. http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II You called out two specific competitors to Apple without mentioning Apple as if this was the reason Apple isn’t #1 in marketshare. I could be wrong but that’s the way you came across. For reference: “I bet there are a lot of other people just like my dad out there contributing to Android and Windows Phone market share growth who got the phone they have because that’s what some guy at the carrier store gave them and they didn’t know enough to make sure they got themselves something better suited to their needs.” CJ Well you caught me, dude. I’m an Apple bigot. Sue me. http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II No need. Just helping you see another side. http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II Lmbo!!! That’s funny. CJ Sorry, Jim. I believe we’ve gone off on a tangent. My bad. http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II It happens.