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November 16, 2010

John’s Phone is launched, an anti-smartphone statement

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by Darren Allan

Not only has John got a new motor, but he’s got a new retro phone, too. Well, it certainly looks like it belongs back in the eighties, in terms of everything but the size.

John’s Phone is an invention launched by a Dutch company, aimed at people who are sick of phones which can surf the net, come with built in social networking, and can make your breakfast for you (everything but make a call via their badly thought out antennas).

John’s blower is the opposite – all it can do is make calls. It’s an unlocked plain cellphone with a large number pad, a speed dial feature, and that’s it. Oh, it also has an address book – a small notepad and pen which slots into the back of the mobile.

The company states: “John’s Phone is the world’s simplest cell phone: you call, you hang up, and that’s it. 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.”

A novel idea, certainly, and perhaps a quirky Christmas gift, particularly for technophobes. It comes in a selection of five colours, and one of them is white – so that’s one thing it’s got over the iPhone 4. The other is a standby battery life of three weeks.

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