This is a huge question, because you remember when Laptops first came out their price tags were well over $1500 for just a basic notebook. Now you can get a Laptop for like $350 with a 15″ screen. That’s not bad at all if you ask me, compared to the first price tags. So since smartphones have become the norm now in today’s standards of cell phones, this is still the very beginning. I am in my 20′s, and I know when I hit the late 60′s mark like my current father, I will be looking back on the past and comparing the smartphones now to even more cutting edge smartphones in that future. I am sure they will be a slim as credit cards or something, or maybe they will be used through things like Google Glasses, while we will always have our “headsets” on because it will be a part of the glasses.
I think that in the future, these glasses will look even more modern, like normal looking glasses. Will it cause damage to our eyes?, only time will tell. Like sitting in front of a computer screen too long, can hurt the eyes, so could this theoretically. But I am used to that now, I don’t care.
But for the price of Smartphones to go down from the prices you see for the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III that you see in the top image for example, I think there is a good chance that they will one day cost (instead of well over $600), some where in between $150-$300 without a contract. Though, then that would get rid of these “deals” you get with contracts with mobile carriers. But then they would just give us more bonuses to signing up to their mobile services, like maybe a $100 gift card with a iPhone 8 or something stupid like that, as I attempt to forsee the future.
I personally am not into Windows phones, but I am sure they run decently well. Oh and the standard Dell Venue is an Android phone, running Android 2.2, which goes for $199 USD.
What some of us out there hate is the ball and chain that is required for when under a contract with a smartphone. I am on one right now and it’s almost over. I have been offered a device upgrade from Bell probably 10 times through email, phone sms, and letters in the mail. I have rejected all offers, and I plan on simply getting a 32GB iPhone 3GS outright so that I can enjoy my music and live without Data usage everywhere and strictly only using Wi-Fi, which is fine with me. This used iPhone 3GS 32GB smartphone is $200 even, and I may end up only paying $20/month instead of my current $65/month that I pay while on a contract.
So the answer is yes, I think Smartphones will down the road become cheaper, it will just take some time.