"People are not really flocking to phones with new features," says David Chamberlain, a mobile phone analyst with In-Stat. "They just want to talk on the phone."
A recent In-Stat survey showed relatively little interest in new phone add-ons, such as video. Since most people upgrade their phone about every two years, they're looking for an easy-to-use device — not a pricey all-in-one, equity analyst Albert Lin says.
Still, cell phone companies persist with fancy phones.