MP01 Mobile Phone: ‘Take your life, please take it back’
Have you ever felt stupid after realizing the amount of time you spend on your phone playing Flappy Bird clones and giggling at Reddit comments? Well, if you haven’t: Please stop; take a minute to think about the number of hours your smartphone has forcefully taken away from you this week alone. Do you realize you can focus all that time on productivity or relaxation or some sort of fitness exercises?
Weep no more for your sins because the ‘MP01 Mobile Phone’ is here to give you a fresh slate. The MP01 was developed by Punkt, a Swiss company whose main goal is to give people back their lives.
In reality, Punkt’s latest handset is just like an antidote for smartphone addiction. It relieves users from the chains of smartphone addiction. It frees you from bondage and lets you take your dog for a walk and visit your loved ones and etcetera.
“I think we are more aware than before of feeling stupid looking at our screens,” says Jasper Morrison, Punkt’s artistic director. “And the objects themselves have become so big that they are just not that handy for making calls any more. I think there is a niche. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have said that, but it’s gone our way since we started designing it.”
It doesn’t have Wi-Fi or BoomSound stereo speakers, the MP01 Mobile Phone only has a tiny monochromatic display tagged with a “whopping” battery life. Interestingly, the phone’s screen is covered with Gorilla Glass for an all-round robust and resistant body feeling. The phone has a classic keyboard for typing text messages and phone numbers but the functions don’t go beyond that in terms of communication — you aren’t allowed to Tinder anybody or upload any videos on Instagram.
On the product’s sales page — where the handset is listed for CHF 329 (about 335 US dollars) — Punkt wrote:
The more our phones do, the more they demand of us. Say it with words. Focus on what matters most and leave the rest. The MP01 is a simple mobile phone for smart communicators.
At long last a beautiful mobile phone that limits distraction and doesn’t demand your constant attention. The Punkt. MP01 is an uncomplicated, streamlined device that performs the core mobile phone functions: calling and texting. With no status updates, notifications or multiple alerts, the MP01 focuses on the things that matter. Like communicating.
“Every day we are consuming more trash, and becoming more detached from real life and the ability to deal with situations head-on,” says Petter Neby, founder of the Swiss electronics company. “Just look around, it’s a disaster – and the sociological issue of our times.”
MP01 Mobile Phone will ship to anywhere in the world. Its micro SIM slot will gladly support most GSM networks across the globe. With that being said, you have no reasons to be glued to that Apple iPhone 6 anymore
where the iPhone 6s is out this Friday.
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