Alternatively referred to as a dumb phone, a feature phone is a type of phone which offers more features than a standard phone, but is also not considered to be a smartphone. For customers who do not want a smartphone, the feature phone is a lower priced option. These phones are quite popular today, accounting for 60 percent of all mobile phones in the U.S. in 2011, as well as 70 percent of the mobile phones sold around the world. The picture to the right is of the Nokia 6010 cell phone and an example of a feature phone.
The most common distinction between a feature phone and a mobile phone is the price. Feature phones are cheaper than smartphones, but still include some, if not most, of the same features. It's even likely that a new feature phone model would include the same features as a past smartphone model. Feature phones also typically run on proprietary firmware, making them less flexible for running third-party applications.