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Gen Zers are snapping up flip phones. They might be onto something

By Kate Morgan

02 May 2023 · 4 min read

If you're feeling overwhelmed by your smartphone, you may want to consider buying a flip phone. The Wall Street Journal lists three models that have all the features that you need.

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WHEN SAMMY Palazzolo goes out, people constantly ask to see her phone. The 18-year-old often obliges, flipping it open and handing it over.

In late 2022, Ms. Palazzolo and some of her dorm-mates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were bemoaning their smartphone addictions. “We were talking about how we [felt] like slaves to our phones, like robots who keep scrolling and scrolling, even when we’re out at parties.” The group hatched a plan to do something about it. The next day, they went flip-phone shopping at Walmart. Ms. Palazzolo ended up with a $40 AT&T Cingular Flex.

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