Maybe you’ve got a kid who comes home from school alone, and that worries you. Maybe you’ve got a parent whose health is declining, yet lives just far enough away that you can’t check on them daily. Maybe you just want to be able to call people, but you don’t need a mobile phone that does everything including unlocking your door and reminding you when it’s time to turn your steak. If any of those sound familiar, then this might be the phone for you!

The OwnFone is an incredibly simple cell phone that simply calls people. Not only does it not offer you text messaging, internet, or apps, it doesn’t even have a keyboard, a screen, or even internal storage. It will hold up to 12 of your most frequently called contacts, and all you have to do when you want to talk to one (actually talk, remember…this is a phone, not a computer) is hit the button you’ve labelled with their name, and voila! Conversation! Right now, the buttons are only text, but they are working on Braille and photo buttons.

As I said, this doesn’t have internal storage. Instead, your contacts’ information is stored in the cloud, and will be retrieved when you need to call them. The phone itself is about the same dimensions as a credit card, weighs just 40 grams, and is a mere 7mm thick. Be careful which pocket you keep it in, I have visions of it snapping like a dry twig under some circumstances. You can choose from 2, 4, 8, or 12 contacts, and you can choose from several colours and images or patterns to customize your look. All of this fabulous simplistic goodness can be yours for just 55, with free replacements.

You knew there was a catch, right? Of course there is. Right now, the OwnFone is available only the UK and Northern Ireland. But who knows, if it catches on, it could be available worldwide someday!

Source: Digital Trends

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