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Punkt MP02 voice phone now supports encrypted Signal calls and text messages

The Punkt MP02 is a $349 cellphone with an emphasis on simplicity. It has a 2 inch black and white display, a numeric keypad, and an emphasis on phone calls and text messages. First released in 2018, the phone has some modern features that set it apart from old-school dumb phones, including support for 4G […]

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Rotary Un-Smartphone is up for pre-order, ships this spring

After designing and building a cellphone with a rotary dial and an intentionally limited feature set last year, engineer Justine Haupt started selling a basic kit for under $100 last June, but customers still had to source some parts on their own. Now Haupt’s company, Sky’s Edge, is taking pre-orders for a full-fledged Rotary Un-Smartphone Kit […]

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Light Phone 2 is a simple 4G phone with an E Ink display (crowdfunding)

Smartphones are basically mobile computers and communication devices that we use for everything from GPS navigation to watching movies and playing games, with a lot of social media thrown in for good measure. The Light Phone 2… isn’t one of those jack-of-all-trades devices. It’s a phone that’s designed first and foremost for making phone calls […]

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Microsoft’s Nokia 215 is a $29, internet-connected phone

Microsoft’s latest cellphone doesn’t run Windows and it’s not even really a smartphone. But the Nokia 215 can connect to the internet and run a series of apps including Facebook, Twitter, the Opera Mini web browser, and of course Bing search. What really makes the Nokia 215 special though, is its price: the phone will […]

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Microsoft/Nokia announce a $25 entry-level phone

Microsoft may be pulling the plug on cheap smartphones running Google Android or the Nokia Asha operating system. But that doesn’t mean the company expects every cellphone customer to use Windows Phone software. Now that Microsoft is in charge of Nokia’s phone division the company is continuing to launch basic, entry-level phones… like the Nokia 130. […]