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
A behind the scenes video of the manufacturing of the Light Phone.
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 $105,703 from 188 investors on August 24, 2017
I researched and then invested in Light on the recommendation of my early investing financial guide.Stephen BoweInvested 27 days ago
I think that people spend too much time on their phones and that Light will be a delightfully light way to disembody oneself from constant usage.SHARON SHEMTOVInvested 27 days ago
I think time interacting with my family is tantamount to their what my kids' kids will become.Ben ValleInvested 6 months ago
Light looks awesome!Chris JoannouInvested 6 months ago
I invested because I believe the movement towards simpler tech will have a niche market and one that an ecosystem can be built around.Joey AroraInvested 6 months ago
I like the minimalistic design and the idea of disengaging for few hours from our current smartphones or other mobile digital devices, while we are living on the "digital era".Anna Varvara MakraInvested 6 months ago
I invested because we all need a break from our smart phonesShane FurnellInvested 6 months ago
Awesome product!!!Anthony SerinaInvested 6 months ago
i wrote this and friend sent me a link to your product and was blown away - tmblr.co/Z7noYy2OwsQSQCraig GrossInvested 6 months ago
Light represents an antidote to the over connected lifestyle we seem to be living these days; a reminder to be in the moment. Simple, inexpensive and liberating!Sean HanaganInvested 6 months ago
I like the idea of a second phone with the same # that you can take anywhere with out the worry of loosing you more expensive phone on a hike in the mountains.David WebleyInvested 6 months ago
I knew about the product and was waiting for someone to bring it to smaller-tier VC fundingIan LimInvested 6 months ago
I use this service for myself and would likely use this product if offered.David SitarInvested 6 months ago
I really like the concept!Joseph WelchInvested 6 months ago
Time to disconnect to reconnectHaydar UcarInvested 6 months ago
I love simplicity and really look forward to becoming an advocate!Jamie BateInvested 6 months ago
I believe in disconnecting, and I am sure that people agree, and more will follow.John LeeInvested 6 months ago
I began my relationship with Light as an early post-Kickstarter supporter. Light has helped me empower myself to disconnect from the world while still maintaining the relationships I thrive upon in my work and personal lives.Zachary SnaderInvested 6 months ago
Great idea. Want a phone asapGeorge TaylorInvested 7 months ago
I love the concept plus a free phone perk made it an east decision.Jonathan LittleInvested 7 months ago
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