Just several hours after the announcement of four new RAZR-inspired models, Motorola announced its slimmest device up so far. With a 9 mm thickness, the new Motorola FONE is more than 2 mm thicker than the Samsung X820. Unfortunately, what is gained in weight is not gained in functionality, since the FONE is a budget solution aimed at developing countries and emerging markets. As such, it lacks camera, color screen or MP3 support, but doesn't fail to impress with the revolutionary ultra thin Electromagnetic Display (EPD) called "ClearVision" which should provide for low power consumption with higher contrast. Another highlight is that two integrated antennas have been used in the body of the phone - one in the top part and another one in the bottom part. The mobile would offer dust resistance and the ease of use for first-timers in the mobile communication is ensured by timely voice prompts in selected languages and redesigned graphical icons.
According to Phone Scoop the ultra slim budget model by the American manufacturer is part of the new SCPL platform. Motorola is betting a lot of hopes on that would-be platform.
As for now the full technical specifications of the device are not revealed. The Motorola FONE is expected to be available in the 4Q of 2006 in both GSM and CDMA models.
You can make a call and people can answer it :)
You can also recieve Calls :)
When someone call you the phone rings :) :) :)
It has an external LCD Display that shows you the current date, time and baterry status.
it has buttons with printed numbers for dialing any number you want
It has a battery so you can carry it wireless :)
slim desing that lets you to carry it in your pocket the baterry is rechargable!!! :D
you can plug it into a baterry charger and charge it :)
the dimensions are right there on gsmarena's front page for the phone.
this phone just suits my needs.
Pros: recent motos models performance is excellent. i am sure this model is gonna join the group.
Cons: i see lots of adverts but nowhere the dimensions are mentioned. sad, as why the info is absent.
i am unable to give my rating on this model as it' still not available. every where it's just mentioned 4Q 2006 but still no signs and even the dealers in Bahrain are not aware of this model. i appreciate if Motorola can post their info on the availability of GSM model on the net.
The Motorola FONE F3 (also known as the MOTOFONE) is a very slim bar format phone that's due to hit the market by the end of the year. There are two versions - the FONE F3 is a GSM handset, the F3c is a CDMA version for North America and other CDMA markets.
I understand that the FONE is 9mm thick which makes it one of the slimmest handsets on the market, but the main point of interest with the MOTOFONE is the display.
Motorola say that the so-called "ClearVision" panel uses electrophoretic display (EPD) technology, which in effect is a type of digital ink. An EPD display consists of a number of particles (typically suspended in some sort of fluid) which have a light side and a dark size. An electric charge "flips" the particle over. It's rather like a microscopic reversi board, with dark and light sides to each particle.
There are a some major advantages that EPD displays have over more traditional panels such as TFT or OLED technologies. Firstly, the screen can be read even in direct sunlight as it behaves just like a printed piece of paper, and secondly the energy consumption of an EPD display is very low, and as electrophoretic displays are basically quite simple there's a potential for saving space and weight. There are a couple of major disadvantages - it's a monochrome-only solution, and in low lighting conditions the electrophoretic display will be very difficult to read as it has no internal illumination of it's own (unless Motorola have been very clever indeed).
Motorola have designed the phone.. err FONE.. to be durable and dust resistant, and also very easy to use with a simple interface and voice prompts, plus a "loud" setting for noisy environments. The MOTOFONE seems to be aimed at the lower end of the market, as there's no mention of a MP3 player and no sign of expandable memory - and also the FONE F3 comes with a variety of functions to help prepay/pay-as-you-go customers to keep track of charges.
It's certainly an interesting handset when it comes to the display, and it might even mean a renaissance for monochrome displays as the electrophoretic display panel does have certain advantages over a traditional LCD.
The rest of the technical details of the Motorola FONE F3 / F3c are not known at the time of going to press, but they will presumably be confirmed at a later date.
The MOTOFONE handset redefines wireless communication with high design, smart features and easy functionality at a low price. Combining Motorola's award-winning design sensibility with intuitive and easy-to-learn functionality, the MOTOFONE enables even the newest phone users to embrace mobile communication with confidence and style.
Connecting the Unconnected
Billions of people around the world have yet to make a phone call - and billions more have only just begun to explore wireless technology. The need for communication is growing and the demand for cost-effective phones keeps increasing. The MOTOFONE is designed to specifically meet the universal desire to stay connected -- with friends, family, and business associates, old and new.
Speaking Your Language
To help bridge literacy gaps, the MOTOFONE offers a redesigned user interface with innovative voice prompts in local languages* to guide the user quickly and easily through menu navigation, messaging, and other functions. In addition, graphical icons visually demonstrate the menu features as well as network status and battery strength. For pre-paid customers, the MOTOFONE automatically reports the status of their pre-paid account after each call or message*, allowing consumers to stay in control of use and expense.
Looks Good, Sounds Good, Built to Last
Surprisingly thin and easy to carry, the MOTOFONE features a revolutionary ClearVision display that leverages Electrophoretic Display (EPD) technology to provide users with a large, high-contrast screen viewable even in bright sunlight. The ClearVision display combined with a flush-fitting keypad and dust-resistant design makes the MOTOFONE durable in active everyday use. And it sounds great too - with polyphonic ringtones, speakerphone and powerful volume - communication is loud and clear.
Summary of Features
Voice prompts in local languages
Intuitive icon-based user interface
Stylish thin design
Extended battery life**
Durable housing for optimal performance despite dust and sun
High-contrast screen using new ClearVision display
Large font size for easy readability
High-volume for call clarity in loud environments
Automatic notification of current prepaid balance*
Embedded polyphonic ringtones in eight voices
Ability to download ringtones
MOTOROLA FONE 3 FEATURES:
Durable housing for optimal performance despite dust and sun in a stylish thin design with an intuitive icon-based user interface
High-contrast screen using new ClearVision display with large font size for easy readability
High-volume for call clarity in loud environments and voice prompts in local languages
Embedded polyphonic ringtones in eight voices with the ability to download extra ringtones
Automatic notification of current prepaid balance
Extended battery life
Featuring the new ClearVision display, the Motorola FONE F3 leverages revolutionary Electrophoretic Display (EPD) technology to provide users with a large, high-contrast screen that is viewable even in bright sunlight. Designed for even the newest phone users, the FONE F3 is equipped with a newly redesigned user interface that is easy to learn, easy to use. With voice prompt instructions in local languages, a large readable font size and an icon-based menu, the handset is self-explanatory at every step. For pre-paid customers, the FONE F3 automatically reports the status of their pre-paid account after each call or message, allowing consumers to stay in control of use and expense. The FONE F3 includes the features every user wants such as polyphonic ringtones, speakerphone and long-lasting battery life. This phone is perfect for Moto fans.
i heard this phone cost 50 dollars..hm..it worth it...this phone is so damn nice..
Its the most wonderful, I have ever heard about. As informed to us, this phone is unbreakable. We have tried throwing the phone against the wall with all might. It still does not break. A person with 300 pounds weight tried to crush it. He couldnt. Moreover, signal strengths were so good in places where other mobile lose their network. All this at a price of Rs. 1655/- in India
look this is a low end mobile so is jamica, it is much better for jamican people as its font are readable and it has high pitch ring tones witch is requirment of jamica and its thickness is perfect for jamica, believe me mr.jamics
It seems to be a good LCD mobile who are sick of colour display which goes black in stand by, so you can see time, signal strenght, and battery any time without reading glasses. Thickness is another rich feature while price will also be good for all.
well i would say it the world first only fone
not another multimedia device
hey buddy i dont argee wid u honey
this fone will cost only $20
so isnt it nicest and cheapest
very small and very nice looking
and cheap if u r having it u will have no problems
MOTOROLAAAAAAAAAAAAA, Remember we are not going back to the 18th Century, although this phone would be cheap, the poorest person in Jamaica would never buy it, it has nothing, the phone not even have a gprs, "NUH BBODY INNA JAMAICA AGO BUY THAT". Motorola, come back in the 20th Century Pleaseeeeee, if not go in the 21st then. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee.............
This phone has been released in India, Was able to Find it on Motorola India's website:
Hei, it was about time someone decided to make a basic phone, although the screen is a bit too "basic". It all depends now on the price. If you sell this phone for like... 3 dollars, then it's a bargain.
Yet again most companies will probably give this phone for free along with some services. So it will preatty much depend on their policy.
The phone may become a hit in countries where people can not afford fancy 3MP camera phones.
this motophome 3 will be the leadind phone in its user like basic phone users
this is a good approach to get market capture....motorola should take some more steps...this is an advertisment...i am using motorola from last 12 years and find much beter from a number of brands...waiting for phone in pakistan