Is the cellphone era coming to an end, to be replaced by the smartphone or webphone era?
I noticed a couple of cellphone domain sales reported this week, and the prices seemed low compared to their quality. CellphoneCity.com for $4200 and CellphoneMarket.com for $2350. To me these are high quality brandable domains and I think they might have had a higher valuation a few years ago, before the iphone and other smartphones starting coming out.
Most people I know who upgrade their phone package now are going for iphones or smartphones. I think it will become standard for mobile phones to have internet connectivity and sharp screens for web surfing. And I also notice that people aren't calling smartphones 'cellphones'. They either just call it 'my phone' or 'my iphone'. They don't call them cellphones anymore.
So is it still a good idea to hold cellphone domain names? I don't think the cellphone market is dead, and maybe in some parts of the world simple phones like this are still in high use, but in developped countries I think the cellphone era is slowly being phased out, and in two or three years you will hardly hear the term at all. Would you want to put a lot of time and resources right now into a website that had 'cellphone' in the domain name, and was linked to the future of the cellphone market?
I bet when Gordon Gekko got out of prison at the beginning of the last Wallstreet movie, and took possession of his clunky 80's cellphone, it went right in the trash and he got himself a new iphone.