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Sonim XP5560 Bolt 2: Making the Case for a Feature Phone

As the market rapidly switches over from basic feature phones to full-blown superphones, you’d be forgiven for assuming there’s no longer any demand for phones that focus on voice services instead of apps and touchscreens. However, the market for these devices is, in fact, very much alive.

In reality, some sectors continue to value devices that prioritize voice services above all. Enter Sonim’s XP5560 Bolt 2, a highly ruggedized phone that dispenses with features some businesses don’t need – or don’t want to pay extra for – in exchange for industry leading go-anywhere functionality, unprecedented built-in safety features and robust, cost-effective performance.

A feature phone may seem like yesterday’s news compared to the typical smartphone, but there are many reasons why it could make ample sense for you and your business, including:

Security and supportability. Because the Sonim XP5660 Bolt 2 doesn’t support app downloads, it represents a much lighter lift for corporate tech support teams to secure and support.

Battery life. Even though the latest smartphones sport energy efficient screens and processors, power-optimized radios and battery management utilities that squeeze as much time out of a charge as possible, they generally fall short of the average feature phone’s standby and run times. With fewer apps and related features to support, many feature phones sport extended talk and standby times.

Redundancy. The growth in the popularity of tablets, and the ease with which they can be tethered to a mobile device for go-anywhere connectivity, makes it easier to justify having a feature phone. After all, if you can run all your apps on the larger-screened device, you may not need a smartphone in the first place.

Cost. While on-the-go access to critical apps, data and systems has become a critical business function for many professionals, not all employees require full-blown smartphones when they’re working remotely. For those workers who can get by with voice-and-text-only access, a feature phone is an ideal way to keep monthly subscription costs down. In some cases, initial acquisition costs can also be lower than those for equivalent top-tier smartphones. All told, including feature phones in the overall mix allows companies to better control mobile spending by aligning capabilities to end-user requirements.

Productivity. While we all love the do-it-all nature of today’s smartphones, there’s something to be said for not being distracted by having more tools and apps than you need. Business users with more basic mobile devices can potentially spend less time being pulled away from their work and more time actually getting it done.

The bottom line
There’s no doubt that today’s smartphones are incredibly convenient for the large majority of business users. Their large screens, massive app libraries and sheer computing power allow anyone to churn through virtually any workload, even when they’re in the middle of nowhere. But not everyone needs a smartphone, and more traditional feature phones, especially those like the Sonim XP5560 Bolt 2 with unique feature sets, continue to offer a compelling alternative.

Is there room in your toolkit for a phone like this? Let us know in a comment below.

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