NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With the relentless coverage of mobile apps, one would think that everyone owns a smartphone.
We're close. But not quite. And we may never be a nation of exclusive smartphone users. Depending who you ask, research puts non smartphone users in the U.S. at around 55% (Pew Research Center), 42% (Business Insider Intelligence) or 40% (Strategy Analytics). In fact, market researcher IDC projects that this year will be the first time ever smartphones out-ship other mobile phones around the world. And only by a smidge -- at 50.1%.
While there will always be Luddites with an aversion to owning a smartphone, most of those who go without do so because of cost or complexity. And a good chunk of the population will probably never own a smartphone, said Neil Shah, senior analyst of Strategy Analytics Global Wireless Practice.
These could include seniors, children, cellular users
Through its Ready Now program, Sprint (S) store employees help set up new phones before the customer walks out the door. That includes transferring contacts, setting up email and demonstrating the phone's features.