Putting Light Phone to the Test
When it was announced in 2015, the concept behind the Kickstarter-funded Light Phone felt much like a breath of fresh air. Roughly the si...
- Launched on Kickstarter in 2015, raising $400K+ and pre-selling 3.4K phones.
- Previously raised $3.2M.
- Manufactured by partner & investor, Foxconn (the factory that produces the iPhone).
- Proprietary IP / cloud platform allowing to use it with the same phone number.
- Covered by most major U.S. publications, including NY Times, Time, WSJ.
- First Republic campaign raised $107,000 in less than 30 days.
A behind the scenes video of the manufacturing of the Light Phone.
The smallest investment amount that Light is accepting.
Light needs to reach their minimum funding goal before
the deadline. If they don’t, all investments will be refunded.
The Crowd SAFE is an agreement for future equity in the startup,
meaning that it can convert to equity in the future.
The Crowd SAFE is an agreement for future equity in the startup, meaning that it can convert to equity in the future.
$25,000 – $428,000
Light needs to raise
before the deadline. The maximum amount Light is willing
to raise is $428K.
The Light Phone is a discreet credit card sized mobile phone designed to be used as little as possible. It is the only phone designed to be used as your second phone as a seamless extension of your smartphone. It is an unlocked 2G GSM phone that works independent of your current plan, but using our unique software platform it can keep your same phone number. The Light Phone is easily set up and controlled via an app on your computer. Other features are limited to nine speed dials and a time display.
An active SIM is required because the phone is not tethered, it will work regardless of where your smartphone is. The cost of using our service is approximately $5/month in the United States.
Color: Matte White / Matte Black
Weight: 38.5 grams
Processor: Qualcomm 8208
Battery: 3 Days Standby
SIM: Nano SIM
Connector: Micro USB
Connection: GSM 850/900 1800/1900 MHz
The Light Phone is your second phone, like how we have different shoes for different occasions, this is your phone for going light. Out of the box, plug the phone into your computer and download our app. The phone will update, an account will be created, and you will set up your 9 speed dials. To go light, you will need to turn on call forwarding on your smartphone using a contact that the app creates for you. (Note: your carrier must support call forwarding for this to be possible) The Light Phone will use your existing phone number for outbound calls. The Light Phone is a new product, and the experience will be evolving and improving over time.
The Light Phone is the only phone that is designed to be used as a second phone. We have a unique software platform that makes the call management & call forwarding seamless in a way that no other phone can offer. The form factor makes it fit invisibly into your life, and the interface respects the user in its simplicity. It makes disconnecting feel special. Unlike a basic flip phone, you cannot text, email or anything else really. It is the most simple phone and a complement to your existing smartphone. The Light Phone, although incredibly simple, is actually running a stripped down version of Android and is quite a smart "dumb" phone which will allow us to continue to perfect the light experience with a roadmap of features.
The Light Phone is set up through a desktop app on your computer.
The Light Phone works independent of your carrier as a stand alone phone with its own nano 2G GSM SIM. The Light Phone will require service and we are offering the whole experience (SIM + app) for $5 a month.
No, its takes and makes calls... that's all. The Light Phone is just a phone
We are thoughtfully limiting our technology, 'going light', so that we can reconnect in meaningful ways with the world around us. These were design decisions that were carefully made for what it means to be light.
The Light Phone is for sale for $150 plus shipping and handling. In the United States this includes our SIM with 5 months of free service, which will cost $5/month to keep the SIM active thereafter. International users may incur additional customs fees which are out of our control, please check with your customs office before you order.
The Light Phone works as a stand alone phone, however we did not design it to be used in this way and we are hesitant to recommend doing so. There are some intentional limitations in place as we designed the phone to be used as a second phone. The Light Phone does not store a book of contacts but rather only 9 speed dials accessed via the key pad. The Light Phone only makes phone calls and does not receive sms text messages. The Light Phone was designed as a casual phone
The Light Phone comes with a SIM card, and our Light Micro USB cable. We are going to make it as special as possible, expect pleasant surprises.
*Unfortunately we cannot provide a SIM to our international users yet.
We have spent the last year talking with dozens of carriers and MVNOs and have found an amazing partnership to offer the Light Phone SIM and software platform experience for $5 a month. Light Phone orders come with 5 months of free service as a thank you for your patience.
International users have no service fee, but will need to provide their own SIM and will not have access to our cloud platform initially.
In theory yes this might all be possible, but this is a feature that will not be available at launch. The Light Phone is a new product with a small, but passionate team behind it. We will be working closely with users to get feedback and continually improve the experience. Thank you for understanding and coming along for the ride.
The Light Phone will work independent of your smartphone. You will always be able to place any call, including your speed dials. However, you must turn on call forwarding before your smartphone dies to receive calls forwarded from your primary number.
The Light Phone is not waterproof, however, because of its compact size, we plan to offer awesome accessories like a waterproof beach wallet.
In thinking about how to make The Light Phone as invisible as possible, we decided that by being the same size as an I.D. or credit card, which you always carry on your person, there would always be a place to put the phone. It's a very classic size, and feels great to hold.
Two rather uncommon buttons, especially for the purpose of this phone, can be used with long holds X. This will be explained in the User Guide.
The Light Phone is our first product, but Light is a brand dedicated to designing beautiful objects that respect and empower. We are currently working on an improved iteration of the existing Light Phone which we're really excited about. We look forwarding to putting the 'light' touch on to other devices as well.
Light successfully raised $50,236 from 113 investors on September 21, 2017
I believe in the mission, and I am struggling with keeping away from my phone. This is a problem to my solution.Jonas ClaessonInvested over 1 year ago
Light will be a good way for people to disconnect from time to time, which will be good for their body, mind and soul. We are too connected to our smart phones.Janet BurkeInvested over 1 year ago
I am passionate about getting away. Competitive cyclist. I want a phone for emergency only but wo hassle of separate contract etc. also great size and look and probably battery life. I love my life and experience on earth!Claire HofbauerInvested over 1 year ago
Light has already seen considerable success. The business model seems sound and the carriers/vendors should be promising. I am an advocate for technology but people's lives are consumed by their smartphones instead of being supplemented by them.Vivianna RoodbergenInvested over 1 year ago
I invested because I would like to witness in the near future people less consumed by tech and more accountable for the shortage of their time on Earth and generally life is too short to invest so much time on gadgets rather on family, friends,books.Leonid LebenzonInvested over 1 year ago
I invest because I believe this company can become a success and I want to be part of it.Henoc UlysseInvested over 1 year ago
Greta idea and I believe that this has some real legs so would love to be on the ground floor even if a small amount.Neil OConnellInvested over 1 year ago
I want a light phoneBen LeithInvested over 1 year ago
The phone has potential in current and alternate markets such as "school" phonewalter schwarzInvested over 1 year ago
I invested because I am in the tech space and feel that at times, interconnectivity is more harmful than good. So investing in a technology that gets us back to our humanness is extremely intriguing.justin ruizInvested over 1 year ago
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