I’ve often mused that phones are getting too big for their boots (is there anything they can’t do?), and longed for the halcyon days of phoning people on a landline and not, like, looking at my mobile every two seconds for no good reason.
As I contemplate the long-term replacement for my iPhone 5, I’m drawn to the NoPhone, a phone that’s not actually a phone at all.
Based in New York, the NoPhone team is looking for $30,000 on KickStarter, and currently sits at $9,042 with five days to go. Not looking good, but a fine idea nonetheless.
Here’s the pitch: “Phone addiction is real. And it's everywhere. It's ruining your dates. It's distracting you at concerts. It's disrupting you in movie theaters. It's clogging up sidewalks. Now, there is a real solution.
“With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment. Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.”
NoPhone specs that can’t be matched by the significantly more expensive iPhone 6 include shatterproofing, waterproofing, and ‘Real Face Time’.
Fancy it? Here are some of the pledge options and their corresponding rewards:
- $2+: a handwritten thank you note
- $4+: a NoPhone sticker
- $12+: a NoPhone
- $18+: a No Phone with a reflective “selfie” sticker
- $5,000+: receive a NoPhone anywhere in the world, hand-delivered by the team
I want one.