Say ‘hello’ to the anti-smartphone

The Light Phone: $200 for peace of mind?

IT DOESN’T text.

You can’t check your email. And no, it definitely doesn’t have Super Mario Run. The Light Phone is just that, a phone. Designed to rejuvenate those “aha” moments, the Light phone frees up your daily burden of buzzes, rings and alerts while still keeping in touch.

“You use this as little as possible! It’s a piece of mind, we call it, going light,” Joe Hollier, co-founder of Light tells FOXBusiness.com

You keep your same phone number and the Light Phone is available internationally. For those in the United States you would need to sign up for an additional $7 ($US5) a month plan. By forwarding your numbers via their cloud server, Light phone is meant to be used as a second phone. The $200 ($US150) (white or black “Night” version) phone would allow you to leave your smartphone at home for that coffee run or dinner with the wife.

Designed to rejuvenate those ?aha? moments, the Light phone frees up your daily burden of buzzes, rings and alerts while still keeping in touch. CREDIT: FOX Business

“We all have different clothes, different shoes for different situations. Why does it make sense to have one giant phone everywhere you go?” said Kaiwei Tang, co-founder of Light Phone.

This idea led the team to raise over $547,000 ($US410,000) via a grassroots Kickstarter campaign. That opened the doors for angel investors who pumped in over $4.4 million ($US3.3 million) into the phone’s development. Based out of the innovative New Lab in Brooklyn, New York, Mr Tang and Mr Hollier are still shocked about its global appeal.

“We sold 4000 phones but we saw this conversation snowballing in so many other ways, which is incredibly powerful to us,” Mr Hollier said.

Foxconn in China, the same company that manufactures Apple products, invested in the phone and is also the manufacturer. From the start, Mr Tang and Mr Hollier wanted to make it a priority to show the human side to the technology world.

“The whole process from material to assembly to packaging to getting the phone here is all human. It has thousands of humans involved if you really think about it. It’s mind boggling how huge this supply chain is,” Mr Tang said.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission.

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