November 17, 2010
A Dutch company has launched what it calls “the world’s simplest phone”, targeting users who are sick of new-generation models
Only capable of making and receiving calls, John’s Phone is dubbed the world’s simplest mobile phone, specifically designed for anti-smartphones users.
It does not provide any hi-tech features. No apps. No Internet. No camera. No text messaging. All you have to do – in fact, all you can do – is call, talk and hang up.
Its extreme simplicity is designed to appeal to technophobes, the elderly and young kids buying their first phones.
“John’s Phone is easy to use wherever you go. It’s the no-contract cell phone you’ve been waiting for, without any frills or unnecessary features”, the company stated.
In an effort to make it extremely retro, John Doe also provides a small paper-based address book and a pen for storing contacts. They can be slid into the back of the phone.
Other features include a 1200 mAh battery with three weeks stand-by time, a single ringtone, speed dial with enough memory to store ten numbers and a hands-free kit. It is 10.5 x 6 x 1.5 cm and weighs in at 95 grams.
The phone is available in five colours: white, black, brown, greyish-green and pink. The prices range from around £60 to £80.