Does the New $100 Light Phone Hail the End of our Tech Obsessed Culture?

While it seems the majority of the world have been becoming more and more obsessed with the latest in technology – specifically when it comes to smartphones – there is growing resistance to counter this trend. An increasing number of people are shunning the connected culture, uninterested in spending countless hours messaging friends from their cell, browsing Facebook on their iPhone, and being contactable via work email 24/7.

a prototype of the Light phoneA recent Kickstarter campaign by Light, to generate funds for their new mobile concept based on “old” technology, and it’s incredible success thus far, exemplifies this. The phone which is the size of a credit card and has a battery that last for up to 20 days, has easily surpassed its funding target with over  30 days left until the campaign ends.

The phone has attracted so much attention due to is versatile nature, and the fact that it can help people disconnect from their digital worlds; something that a lot of people seem to want to do. The phone can connect with the users smart phones so ensure the users never miss a call, but don’t have any fancy gadgetry or complicated applications, so all you can really do with them is call. Being only millimeters thick and the size of a credit card, the light phones aren’t going to weigh you down either.

Take a look at this video from Light, to find out more about their new offering which is expected to be available for sale mid-2016.

The key selling points of the Light phone are obviously its size and the fact that it can help people disconnect from the mobile phone obsessed world while still allowing them to be contactable when necessary. The phone does not contain any really new technology, however it brings about something that people seem to really want, a phone that does just what cell phones were intended to do; make and receive calls.

Another new innovation to hit the cell phone market in recent times is the increase in mobile phone buyback or recycling stores. We’ve noticed a number of these second-hand mobile phone purchasing websites popping up. These sites offer a service where you can sell your old mobile phones for an instant cash rebate; some in-store but most online, for those of us eager to sell their old mobile device or just get rid of the smartphone that’s taking control of our lives to trade up for something like the Light phone.

sell iphone page of Sold My Device
The Sell iPhone page on the Sold My Device website. Sold My Device offered the best buyback prices of all the sites we tested.

These online stores will give a refund on most cell models, especially the newer ones. We reviewed a number of the sites and found the best average prices on a cross-section of 5 phones comprised of an iPhone 5, and 6, Samsung Galaxy S4and Note 3 and an LG G3 at Sold My Device.

Some of the buyback stores will not only take the latest smartphones but they’ll also give you a cash refund for your second-hand ipad, tablet or notebook as well! With the constant evolution in technology and the continual upgrading of devices that so many of us are inclined to partake in, it makes sense to recycle our old devices rather than throw them away or have them sitting around in a cupboard in our homes. So many of us have old mobile phones lying around at home, why not get something back for them and help other, less-fortunate people get connected as well.

If you’re in the market for a new phone, be it a Light phone or the latest from Apple, Samsung or LG, do yourself a favour and recycle your old cell phone. Not only will you end up with a bit of cash for your troubles, but you’ll also help to recycle and keep the world in better shape, and help someone else update their own mobile phone.

 

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