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A credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone is your phone away from phone.
A credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone is your phone away from phone.
A credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone is your phone away from phone.
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3,187 backers pledged $415,127 to help bring this project to life.

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It's important to remember that Kickstarter is not a store but a pledge of your support for designers who are independently bringing a product to life. The interesting side of this risk, and the reason we are turning to Kickstarter, is that you are getting a radically transparent look into the process of how things get designed and manufactured.

We’ve already nailed down our electronic manufacturing supplier for the production of The Light Phone, and have been working closely as we design the phone to ensure that we can manufacture Light. Early prototypes have been produced, however when manufacturing any physical goods there are sure to be unforeseen challenges, both big and small. We promise to be open and transparent in our communications in timing and design changes.

Some of the foreseen risks and challenges:
1) Trade off between battery life and phone thickness
2) Visibility of lights of keypad and display under direct sunlight
3) Contract between The Light Phone and phone carrier.
4) Funding for mass production.

We have engineers managing our daily activities overseas and we will be spending a lot of time in China to ensure design integrity. We feel confident the The Light Phone will be successfully produced, but when manufacturing—especially overseas—some delays should be expected. We have done our best to account for this in our timeline, but we will be updating all of our backers with the latest information until the shipments are made.

The Light Phone is a product we feel deeply passionate about and have being working on it relentlessly for the past 8 months within the Google’s 30 Weeks incubator. And now with your support, we can make Light a reality and bring a little human back into the direction of technology.

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FAQ

  • Sorry, the Light Phone is just a phone. It takes calls, makes calls and that is all. The Light Phone is designed to be used as little as possible.

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  • No, the Light Phone is a stand alone phone that functions independently of a smart phone.

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  • The Light Phone is not water or shock proof. We couldn't do this in the form factor we were imagining, however we plan to come out with accessories like a waterproof pouch or indestructible case that can make the phone water / shock proof for certain situations.

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  • The Light Phone stores up to 10 speed dials so that you don't have to memorize the numbers of your loved ones. In addition the Light Phone will have a form of caller ID, where callers will be identified on the screen if their number is saved to your smartphone’s contacts.

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  • Nope! The Light Phone works independently of your smart phone as a stand alone GSM cell phone that uses simple call forwarding to connect to your smart phone. This means you can go as far you want, as long as you still get cell service.

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  • The Light Phone is a GSM phone and can work with any GSM carriers that operates under the frequency band 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz. However, international backers will have to get a local GSM SIM card and manually replace it.

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  • The Light Phone lights up, vibrates and rings (in a very subtle way) when receiving calls. You can turn the ringtone off through the sound switch.

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  • A removable battery will require additional mechanical features on the phone and it won't fit in the form factor that we are going for. We are also designing a custom batter that will maximize the battery life in the limited space of this form. That being said, we have designed the Light Phone to last a very long time and we will do everything we can to ensure the quality of our battery. We will also provide information about how we can recycle the phones, or change the battery out for you when we are a little closer to shipping, it is too early for us to tell exactly. Thank you for understanding.

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  • Outgoing calls made from the Light Phone will display the Light Phone's number.

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  • The ringtone of the Light Phone is really really important to us. It has to be ‘Light’, subtle, and beautiful. The last thing we want to do is to completely disurb your moment. We are approaching several musicians at the moment and excited to share our ideas as we develop the sounds for Light.

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  • We are a small team, we are independent and we do not have the scale to reduce our cost, negotiate prices, or remain as efficient as an established corporation that is doing huge numbers. We are not creating a cheap alternative of a cellphone, we are creating a seamless experience to encourage all of us to live happier and live in the moment (and this is just the beginning).

    We appreciate your support and your pledge to us very much and can't wait to pleasantly surprise you.

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  • Our insanely talented friend Gabriel made the song for our Kickstarter video.

    You can enjoy more of his awesome tunes here: http://gabrielgarzonmontano.bandcamp.com/ or by searching his name of your favorite music players: Gabriel Garzon Montano.

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  • Yes you can. However, the Light Phone comes with 500 prepaid minutes which we think it will last you a really long time since the phone is designed to be used as little as possible. However, if you run out of the minutes, our plan is to make adding minutes really easy through our app. The exact details is TBD at this moment but we will update our backers as soon as we are ready.

    ***For international backers outside of United States, we apologize but the SIM card and prepaid minutes won't work internationally. You will need to get a local GSM SIM card/plan and manually replace the SIM card. We will provide instruction of how to change it.

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  • Our goal is have this 500 minutes last a very long time since the phone is designed to be used as little as possible. That being said, we have not finalized details with carriers and will keep everyone updated. We will try our best to meet our goal.

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  • I'm sorry but we think cross promotion goes against the philosophy of Light and we will not be blasting our backers with anything other than awesome updates about their phones. Best of luck on your campaigns!

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  • There is no voice mail or alert of missed calls on the Light Phone. We designed the phone to be used as little as possible so that we can enjoy living in the moment. The last thing we want to do is to have people worry about missed calls and voice messages and end up checking the Light Phone constantly. Thank you.

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    Light Book. We are designing a book that documents the process of building the Light Phone. Including photos, drawings and essays, it will cover the entire story from ideation to insights into the manufacturing process.

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    Both a shirt and process book. This reward will ship in multiple parts. The Light shirt will ship in July of 2015, and the book will follow in June of 2016.

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    Early Bird Special: the Light Phone, shirt, process book and a limited edition (surprise) archival print solely for these first backers. This reward will ship in multiple parts. The Light shirt and print will ship in July of 2015. The phone will ship by May of 2016 and the book will follow in June of 2016.

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    The Light Phone! You will receive one of the very first Light Phones. It will come with a mini USB charger, and a SIM card preloaded with at least 500 minutes.

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    The Light Phone, a shirt and the process book. This is our Collector's Package. You will receive one of the first Light Phones, our exclusive Kickstarter shirt and the process book. This reward will ship in multiple parts. The Light shirt will ship in July of 2015. The phone will ship by May of 2016 and the book will follow in June of 2016.

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    2 Light Phones, 2 shirts and 1 process book. This is our Couple's Package, enjoy the light moments together.This reward will ship in multiple parts. The Light shirt will ship in July of 2015. The phone will ship by May of 2016 and the book will follow in June of 2016.

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    4 Light Phones, 4 shirts and 1 process book. This is our Family's package, enjoy the light moments together. This reward will ship in multiple parts. The Light shirt will ship in July of 2015. The phone will ship by May of 2016 and the book will follow in June of 2016.

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