Credit card-sized phone only makes calls and texts

The creators of a new mobile phone the size of a credit card say it provides the only “essential connection” that people need – the ability to make calls and texts.

The New York-based team behind the Light Phone state that it is the ‘anti-smartphone’, as all other unnecessary technology has been stripped away. Thanks to its lack of tech, the phone can last 20 days before needing to be recharged, and measures in at just 3.4 x 2 inches. It weighs 36.5g, reports

Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang created the phone as part of Google’s 30 Weeks designer programme, which takes place in New York. They are now hoping to mass produce the device, but they need funding to get started. The pair are hoping to raise $200,000 via Kickstarter, and have raised more than half of their goal so far.

In a statement on the Kickstarter page, the duo said: “We aren’t creating new technology, we’re using the best existing technology in a new way,”

“We have stripped away everything but the phone itself, the only essential connection that the user needs. The phone is packaged into a smarter design with an interface that respects the user with its simplicity.”

The creators believe their device could be used for emergencies or in situations where people may not be able to recharge their phones, such as festivals. Alternatively, it could simply be used by those who want a break from the likes of social media, but still want to be able to text or call people if they need to.