It is clear that smartphones allow their users to do anything from checking their bank balance to booking a flight - courtesy hundreds of thousands of 'apps'.
However, a new UK research showed that 71 per cent of owners use them simply to make a call, text or check Facebook.
In fact, the study of 2,000 users revealed that a typical person exploits only 10 per cent of their phone's functions.
The survey also found more than half had felt pressured to get the latest or most popular smartphone, such as Apple's iPhone4 or a BlackBerry.
The research by Envirofone, which recycles mobiles, estimates there are 11 million smartphones in the UK.
"The latest phones have become status symbols which look flash but aren't fully utilized," the Daily Mail quoted Jon Butler, of Envirofone, as saying.