Whether for better or for worse phones are getting bigger and bigger. They have high definition, multitouch displays, high performance CPUs, fantastic cameras, and more. But bigger isn’t always better and there are people who want a more traditional cell phone – as well as others who may enjoy the novelty of a compact phone.
Enter the Zanco Tiny T1. It’s, well… tiny. At just 21mm by 46.7mm, 12mm thin, and weighing only 13 grams, and looks something like a flash drive. It doesn’t have an Internet browser, apps, or a touch screen. In fact, its tiny OLED display measures just 12mm across.
Blast from the Past
As it doesn’t have a data plan, the phone operates on a traditional 2G network. It has a battery that will last up to 3 days in standby and offers up to three hours of talk time. Charging the device takes less than one hour.
You can send and receive text messages, just be prepared for a nostalgic trip back to the 90s. The phone only has enough storage space for 50 text messages.
There is no word yet on whether or not the messages will be threaded. Also, keep in mind you’ll have to peck out messages on a numerical keypad.
Don’t expect to be able to store a lot of contacts either; the phone only has room for 300 contacts.
Zanco says there will be ringtones to choose from, but they don’t know how many at this time.
The device is perfect for a backup device or a hidden phone for safety and emergencies. Its small size lets you transport it easily and a lanyard can be attached.
If you’re worried about not having 3G or 4G network capabilities, don’t be. The phone doesn’t have internet browsing capabilities so 2G is all you need.
The phone is an unlocked, quad band device. It accepts a nano SIM card, so as long as your network supports its 2G capability you should be just fine.
While the Tiny T1 isn’t available yet, it’s currently on Kickstarter and its price is tiny, too. You can back the project for about $50. It’s currently surpassed its funding goal of about $33K and the campaign ends on January 18.
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