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We all love our smartphones. Who could ever go back to a time before having an all-knowning internet brick on hand at all times? But there is one trick dumbphones were better at: flipping. I don't know about you, but I miss it to this day.


In spite of iOS and Android's quest towards world domination, it's easy for us overprivileged first-world residents to forget that the spread of the smartphone doesn't affect everyone. In fact, only half of all mobile phones shipped in 2013 are expected to be smartphones. The rest are the slower, clunkier and exponentially cheaper devices officially known as feature phones but more commonly dismissed as dumbphones. Careful though -- they're smarter than you think.


If you think a pansy smartphone is useless for you because you're likely to shatter the prissy glass under the sheer strength of your fingers curling around its wimpy body, you may be interested in Telstra's new ruggedised handset, which features an IP54 rating for water and dust protection and a 2.4-inch GorillaGlass screen.


While the geeks here at Gizmodo live and breathe smartphones, sometimes it's important to step back and remember that old people need mobile phones too. So let's take a look at the Doro PhoneEasy 410s, a clamshell phone specifically designed to meet the needs of your nanna.


Do you wear stupid hats? Glasses that cover more than 35 per cent percent of your face? Have a beard, even though you can't fully grow one? Wear jeans that fit extraordinarily well? Love coke? Then you'll adore Microsoft's Kin, in theory!


Soon, every internet-connected device will make "phone calls" - Xbox, iPhone, laptop, whatever. Data is data, be it voice, text or video. Carriers should charge for data - more even - but leave off the dumb premiums for voice and SMS.