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In recent years, smartphones have managed to completely take over our lives. We browse the web, play games, edit our pictures, book flights and much more than just communicate through them. But did you know that smartphones existed two decades ago?
The innovative anti-smarthpone called John’s phone can only make and receive calls. Nearly a decade ago several manufacturers and entrepreneurs suggested that phones would probably replace computers in the near future. Nowadays we’re already used to checking our e-mail, using social media, Google and YouTube through our smartphones instead of using the good old personal computer.
But while most tech companies are too busy trying to produce the next cutting-edge smartphone, one manufacturer is opting for something different – an anti-smartphone. The brains behind the project, which is being developed by a Dutch company, are two blokes from Denmark – Diederiekje Bok and Hein Mevissen. The anti-smartphone is called John’s phone. Its battery lasts up to 6 hours of conversation and around 3 weeks if the phone is in stand-by mode. The phone’s functions are extremely limited – it’s basically useful for two things – making and receiving phone calls. It doesn’t even have a phone book, let alone address book, applications, wi-fi and other handy stuff our cell phones have these days.
John’s phone is around $100 and has been dubbed as the simplest anti-smartphone in the whole world. It’s probably the best birthday gift for your 80 year old grandma, who refuses to acknowledge the meaning of the word “touchscreen”.