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...
Hope this little note finds everyone well :)
We’re humbled to have already raised 227% of our initial minimum goal. We appreciate all of the support and we really look forward to taking Light to the next level together.
We wanted to send a friendly reminder that we will be doing a Q&A webcast tomorrow through the Republic platform. You can RSVP here:https://www.crowdcast.io/e/lig... if you are interested in watching live and participating. There will be some time for open questions. The video will also be recorded if you are unable to tune in live as well. Hoping for some great conversations, and please feel free to invite a friend or co-worker that you think might find it interesting, all are welcome to join.
Wishing everyone a wonderful rest of the week ahead.
All the best,
Joe & Kai
- 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.
A complimentary Light Phone and thank you card from the founders.
Family pack of 4 Light Phones and a thank you card from the founders.
Invitation to be a part of our Light family, a user group that helps build the company and receives priority access to all future Light products.
Visit the Light office in Brooklyn, NY, and join Joe and Kai for lunch + receive early access to all future Light products.
One or both of the founders will give a presentation at your organization + dinner with Joe and Kai.
Get a seat on Light advisory board and help realize our vision and take the Light brand to the next level.
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.
I think time interacting with my family is tantamount to their what my kids' kids will become.Benjamin ValleInvested 5 days ago
Light looks awesome!Chris JoannouInvested 6 days 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 days 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 days ago
I invested because we all need a break from our smart phonesShane FurnellInvested 6 days ago
Awesome product!!!Anthony SerinaInvested 6 days ago
i wrote this and friend sent me a link to your product and was blown away - tmblr.co/Z7noYy2OwsQSQCraig GrossInvested 6 days 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 7 days 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 8 days ago
I knew about the product and was waiting for someone to bring it to smaller-tier VC fundingIan LimInvested 9 days ago
I use this service for myself and would likely use this product if offered.David SitarInvested 10 days ago
I really like the concept!Joseph WelchInvested 10 days ago
Time to disconnect to reconnectHaydar UcarInvested 10 days ago
I love simplicity and really look forward to becoming an advocate!Jamie BateInvested 10 days ago
I believe in disconnecting, and I am sure that people agree, and more will follow.John LeeInvested 10 days 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 11 days ago
Great idea. Want a phone asapGeorge TaylorInvested 12 days ago
I love the concept plus a free phone perk made it an east decision.Jonathan LittleInvested 12 days ago
I love the idea of having different devices per context. And Light is to disconnect.Marine BoudeauInvested 12 days ago
I love the mission. I love the design. The brand has legs.Christopher PflumInvested 13 days ago
I believe in what Light is doing.Alexandria BaldridgeInvested 14 days ago
This is the best solution I've seen to date to help solve smartphone addiction.Lawrence GillenwaterInvested 16 days ago
I believe in the product!Giuseppe NorciaInvested 16 days ago
Its a great idea.Esteban Coppel GómezInvested 17 days ago
1 - beautiful design 2 - early adoption 3 - it's a product that I would/will use 4 - supports the effort to make people more presentJohn SnellInvested 17 days ago
Sustainable business with patent; practical; novel.Jason BennickInvested 17 days ago
Found Light on Producthunt, looks super cool!Michael KamleitnerInvested 18 days ago
We have seen many consumer devices after smart phone success, none of them really connected to consumer. Light will definitely be successful consumer device after smartphone.Narasimha Babi ReddyInvested 18 days ago
I've been following the Light team for some time now with great curiosity. Aside from the success of their Kickstarter campaign, I believe in the hardware they're building and the ideology behind it.Ryan HaighInvested 18 days ago
If they can make it happen, I want one.Brandon A MontenegroInvested 18 days ago
I have been wanting something like this for some timeJacqueline HodesInvested 18 days ago
Because I firmly believe in their mission statement and their vision of giving life back to the living.You Reek'a Ideas Inc.Invested 18 days ago
like the ideaDonato HelblingInvested 18 days ago
I love the concept and this is a REAL product that I would use and love.Rachel BellInvested 18 days ago
I've ALWAYS wanted to build a high-quality phone that had limited functionality—always-on is getting to us. I thought back to my time at Flextronics and knew there was an inexpensive, high-quality product to be made here. Congrats on getting started.Michael E. GruenInvested 18 days ago
I invested in Light because I believe it will help our future. Us humans are to attached to our screens and we often miss the important things in our life (you know... the real physical things you can touch and see with your eyes).Phillipp AubeInvested 18 days ago
A $500 investment seemed small, and getting the phone with it (which I really want) tipped it over the edge. Also wanted to make my first investment on Republic :-)Niv DrorInvested 19 days ago
I love the idea of this device and I think that I actually NEED it. I think lots of people might NEED it. That seems powerful.Joshua OfferInvested 19 days ago
I'm interested in companies that create and build technologies.Paul HeinInvested 19 days ago
This phone is not just another product. It's a tool to help us live better, happier lives. In a world too plugged in, we need to learn how to unplug to enjoy life itself and Light is the phone for that.Ariel RuleInvested 21 days ago
Looks interesting.Billie PettidInvested 22 days ago
In the future we need to spend our short time on earth on things that mathers and on not cat-videos and fake portraits of other peoples lives. Great idea, really excited to try the product.Erik Grieg Viig BratlandInvested 25 days ago
I believe that this is a much needed product. The team looks to be well versed in the industry. Team members have varied backgrounds which usually produces a positive result.Edward McCormickInvested 25 days ago
This is my first investment as I am wanting to become an angel investor. This product looks very interesting and seems like it could have some market appeal.ari blumInvested 25 days ago
A future-forward idea! Demonstrable proof of concept. Solid team & partners. First mover advantage (time will tell).Rohan ChandrashekharInvested 25 days ago
I believe the product is goodRavi RanganathanInvested 26 days ago
Looks like an interesting technology.Aaron BlaisdellInvested 26 days ago
I like being able to invest very small amounts in these start upsMarissa GloverInvested 26 days ago
I love he conceptCharles PattonInvested 26 days ago
Because this is something that fills a need.Timothy MehanInvested 27 days ago
I like the concept of the light phone.Ronnie GrossInvested 28 days ago
Good visionJay LeeInvested 28 days ago
I am not a high tech person as such with the older generation who have no idea how to use a smart phone. However the light phone with it's simplicity will allow those such as me to just simply make or take a call.Shaeda BurgessInvested 28 days ago
I like the challenge.Rodney GomesInvested 28 days ago
Love the product ;)Diego GomesInvested 29 days ago
Agree with the founders & could have good returnRalph p Sikkema dvmInvested about 1 month ago
Love the idea!Kathleen BerrothInvested about 1 month ago
i believe everyone needs a piece of mind now and thenMark ForsytheInvested about 1 month ago
It's promising product which I think it'll capture some specific customers demand. Moreover I expect light to be acquire by big corporateEmmanuel S AkintundeInvested about 1 month ago
great idea, good foundationjohn kuhnInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in the segment and seems to be the foundation of the company is goodVICENTE GONGORAInvested about 1 month ago
I TRULY believe in this concept of being present. I also like it's on Republic's platform and that in the future you guys might do a waterproof version!Niki ChooInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in the product.Stanley ForwandInvested about 1 month ago
because I think we need products like that in a world that is too full of gadgets :)Jeanette BronéeInvested about 1 month ago
Because I really believe this product can help society to disconnect more often and enable folks to be more present and more in tune with the world around them... er, at least that's my hope. :)Eduardo PerezInvested about 1 month ago
I invested because we believe this is a long over due product for baby boomers and seniors as well as for parents that don't want there kids connected using a smartphone but still need to reach their kids and kids can reach themJeffrey SchraderInvested about 1 month ago
it's the right idea...at the right timeDon MeeksInvested about 1 month ago
love the conceptJim CoraciInvested about 1 month ago
I think it is a great idea. Too many people are staring at their phones indulging in social media, etc. This is a great attempt to get back to basics with mobile phones for the original purpose.Ken GuestInvested about 1 month ago
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