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SIMPLcase ~ iPhone Case for Travelers (for 4/4S or 5)

Onboard storage of SIM cards & eject tool. Use any standard credit card or membership card as a stand. Sleek, low profile design.

SIMPLcase ~ iPhone Case for Travelers (for 4/4S or 5)

Onboard storage of SIM cards & eject tool. Use any standard credit card or membership card as a stand. Sleek, low profile design.

$3,070
pledged of $17,000pledged of $17,000 goal
222
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 3 2013

About

SIMPLcase for iPhone 4/4S didn't reach its funding goal, so we won't be able to produce this version.

SIMPLcase for iPhone 5, however, is being produced, and we're taking additional pre-orders (at the same discounted Kickstarter price) over here at our STORE.

Thank you for the support! Our SIMPLcase has been featured by:

"[SIMPLcase] proposes to make keeping track of those SIMs and navigating international border-crossing much easier." - TechCrunch

"A new minimalist iPhone case aims to accommodate jet setters who are constantly on the go." - Mashable (video)

"This is another great example of why Kickstarter is what it is. These guys had a need for something, it didn’t exist, so they created it." - iDownloadBlog

"Unlike most iPhone cases where the focus is on the decoration or "bling" on the outside, what makes the SIMPLcase special is what's on the inside." - Gadling

SIMPLcase is a slim, minimalist iPhone case designed for global travelers:

  • stores both the iPhone's SIM tray eject tool (provided) and spare SIM cards so they're safe
  • uses any standard credit card as a stand for using your iPhone hands-free in either horizontal or vertical orientation

With the SIMPLcase, you'll always have the right tool (we provide one with every case) and a secure place to store your SIM cards.

iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 versions

On 29th March we successfully funded our iPhone 5 Kickstarter campaign so we have added the iPhone 5 version as an option into this campaign.

iPhone 4/4S and 5 versions
iPhone 4/4S and 5 versions

Minimal, Elegant Design

We designed SIMPLcase to be slim, not bulky. All of the iPhone's buttons, audio jack, and charge port are totally accessible.

The front edge of SIMPLcase extends by 0.5mm past the surface of the iPhone's glass display, to minimize the risk of scratching the display when laying your iPhone face down.

Inside, the SIMPLcase has a soft silicone rubber insert that will protect your SIM cards' delicate contacts, and securely grip the SIM cards and the eject tool, but still enable you to remove them with ease.

The Freedom to use iPhone Hands Free

As well as storing your SIM cards, the SIMPLcase can also use any standard credit card / bank card / membership card as a stand to prop up the phone in either landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation.

Watch a podcast and enjoy a burger at the same time!
Watch a podcast and enjoy a burger at the same time!
Have a video conference and take notes at the same time!
Have a video conference and take notes at the same time!

Using a card as a stand keeps the case slim and, well, simple. Cases with built in stands are often bulky, and more likely to break thanks to the extra hinges or joints required to fold and extend the stand. SIMPLcase has no moving parts, so there's nothing to break.

The unique designs of the SIM card + tool holder and card stand slot have been filed as a Utility Model and are Patent Pending.

High Performance Materials for Protection

SIMPLcase will be made from polycarbonate thermoplastic resin, which is the same engineering grade polymer used in shatter-proof sunglasses and durable shells for mobile phones and laptops. 

The added thickness is just 3 millimeters in the center of the case (no thicker than a nice men's shirt button), and the case tapers to just 1mm at the edge of the case. You won't notice any bulk, and the case is super low profile where you hold the phone.

Available Colors

Reaching our Funding Goal will allow us to offer the iPhone 4/4S SIMPLcase in these colors:

  • Black shell with Turquoise Blue rubber SIM card and tool holder
  • White shell with Turquoise Blue rubber SIM card and tool holder
  • Tungsten Grey shell with Kickstarter Green rubber SIM card and tool holder (limited edition color combination exclusively for Kickstarter backers)

Travel Wisdom Inside Each SIMPLcase

For the love of travel, we want to add a travel related quote inside each SIMPLcase. If you have one you love please message us and we might use it in production. Send us your words, limited to 140 characters (yep, just like a Tweet) – keep it clean, and reference the source if you can.

Free Worldwide Shipping!

We have secured extremely competitive shipping through a global logistics & fulfillment company that services some of the world's top retail merchants as well as some successful Kickstarter projects. We are thrilled to be able to include Free World Wide shipping to all Backers at all Reward Levels – wherever you are!

This makes it easy to pledge at any reward levels since now you don't have to do any math ;-) The amount you see is the amount you pledge.

About Multiple Quantities

Kickstarter is not a store, and the Guidelines prohibit us from offering Bulk Rewards.

If you are a retailer interested in carrying SIMPLcase, or wish to inquire about wholesale bulk orders, please contact us directly.

Why the SIMPLcase?

Mobile roaming fees can be very expensive so we like to save money by buying local SIM cards when we travel internationally. But…

...it can be fiddly to open the iPhone SIM card tray…

…and do you have the right tool with you? We hate stabbing our iPhone with random spiky things…

These new SIM cards are pretty darn small and easy to misplace …

… and if I lose my SIM card my iPhone becomes an iPod Touch!

From Idea to Kickstarter

With this in mind we designed our own solution. After pages of sketches, months of CAD development and several prototypes, we're now sharing our design with the world.

SitRep and Plan of Attack

We have already designed, prototyped, and tested the SIMPLcase. 

We have sourced multiple vendors of varying capacities so we're ready to deliver at low, mid, or high volumes, depending on the number of Backers we have. Our multiple vendors also provide us with Plans B & C in case vendor A runs into a serious hitch. 

As soon as we reach our Funding Goal, we will begin preparations for tooling. 

Crowdfunding Success and Kicking it Forward

We believe in the concept of Kicking it Forward, and it makes sense for us as creators to support other creators.

http://kickingitforward.org/

Thank You, You're Awesome!

Thanks so much for hearing us out and being interested in SIMPLcase. If you like what you see – please – become a Backer!

Questions? Comments? Criticisms?

Feel free to contact us directly if you have anything you'd like to say about SIMPLcase. Just send us an email: info@lgcldesigns.com or drop us a line.

Tweet us @lgcldesigns to get our attention

Risks and challenges

‘Under promise and over deliver’ is our mantra. There are no guarantees in life (except for death and taxes), but we've sweated the smallest detail and added fudge factors to help insure our project against delays and unexpected problems.

We've calculated our Funding Goal and Reward Levels to make sure we have enough funds to fulfill our rewards. We’ve vetted several manufacturers to ensure we have different options to work with for different scales of manufacturing volumes. This also means we have redundancies built-in, as we won't be reliant on - or held captive by - a single vendor.

Our SIMPLcase is not a complicated, high-tech hardware project. We use no toxic or untested materials, and we don't need any CE or UL certifications, nor do we need to apply for Apple's approval. The SIMPLcase is designed for manufacture through well-established supply chains using methods and technologies that are known quantities across many industries.

This is also not our first rodeo. Ed and I are from the UK and the US, and we both have decades of professional project management experience. We've both lived in Shanghai for many years and have spent years honing our negotiation and vendor management skills.

We'll be in the factories during each step of the development process - from CAD data verification through tooling design, incoming material inspections, and production run inspections. We'll be using all of our knowledge and experience to make sure your SIMPLcase arrives to you on schedule, and with the quality that you expect and deserve.

In the unlikely - but still possible - event that things go wrong and there are delays, our Backers will not be surprised with the news, as we promise to regularly update our Backers as to our progress along the way to completion. If we hit any snags, you'll know far in advance and will also know how we're going to fix it and get the project back on course. Stuff can go wrong, but we won't keep you in the dark guessing.

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    Early Bird Special. Limited to first 250 Backers. SIMPLcase for iPhone 4/4S in your choice of available colors. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    Kickstarter Special Edition for iPhone 4/4S. Limited to 300 Backers. SIMPLcase for iPhone 4/4S in Tungsten Grey with Kickstarter Green rubber SIM card holder. We will never produce this color combination again. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    Kickstarter Special Edition for iPhone 5. Limited to 725 Backers. SIMPLcase for iPhone 5 in Tungsten Grey with Kickstarter Green rubber SIM card holder. We will never produce this color combination again. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    Combo-Pack. One SIMPLcase for iPhone 4/4S and one for iPhone 5, each one in your choice of available colors. Worldwide shipping is included.

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    Uber Early Adopter. For those of you who absolutely must have the coolest new thing before anyone else, we're offering you an opportunity to customize a SIMPLcase for iPhone 4/4S, which we will hand cast from a prototype mold formed around a precision CNC milled master model. Your name will also be CNC milled into the case in the location of your choice. Almost any solid color combination is possible, so you get to design your SIMPLcase the way you want it. You will receive your fully usable prototype SIMPLcase weeks before the production injection molded cases are completed. When the production SIMPLcases are ready, we'll send you one in your choice of available colors. Worldwide Shipping Included.

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    Pick Our Brains. No, not literally because that would make you a zombie. If you're in Shanghai, let us take you out to lunch and share with you our experience and lessons learned from our Kickstarter projects and our years of creating products and building businesses. If you're not able to join us in person, let's have a video conference for a couple of hours. And, of course, we'll send you a production SIMPLcase for iPhone 4/4S in your choice of available colors, including Worldwide Shipping.

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Funding period

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