Categories Devices Just bought one of these… Post author By Ewan Post date January 31, 2011 12 Comments on Just bought one of these… I’ll let you know what it’s like. More information over at Johnsphones.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInEmailPrint Tags device, john's phone, johns, phone, simple By Ewan Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details. View Archive → ← Just bought Undercover for Mac to secure my Macbook Air → Ovum: The genie’s out the bottle re: Egypt/Telcos 12 replies on “Just bought one of these…” I liked it…until I realised I have no way of seeing who’s calling. Or do SMS. That has become so important (in work life anyway) that I couldn’t really see myself without it. Maybe. Also, can you save even 10 numbers? And not having a screen, I guess there’s no way to do anything like send/receive SMS,set call diverts, etc. …or have I missed the point entirely? Unless no-one *ever* sent you SMS, you’d have to keep swapping your SIM over to read/reply to messages. Seems to me to be a gadget for the achingly hip (as a second phone. Of course they’ll have their i4 for making calls when the Style Police aren’t looking.) There’s a display for caller ID at the top… But no SMS. I quite like the simplicity! There’s a display for caller ID at the top… But no SMS. I quite like the simplicity! There’s a display for caller ID at the top… But no SMS. I quite like the simplicity! There’s a display for caller ID at the top… But no SMS. I quite like the simplicity! There’s a display for caller ID at the top… But no SMS. I quite like the simplicity! This isn’t a phone for everyone. It’s more a phone for people who want the features of a basic landline, but mobile. Saying that, I’d also happily buy one (almost). Why? Focus. I find that, with a smartphone, I’m able to do almost everything, anywhere. But that’s also the downside. I play with my phone (“I’ll just check Facebook quickly” – 20 minutes goes by) when I should be focussed on other, more important things, or not focussed at all, just enjoying the moment. So John’s Phone follows the Do One Thing Well mantra. Simple functions with a huge battery life, for those times when you don’t want all the distractions of a smartphone. What’s stopping me from buying one of these? Lack of SMS reception. I don’t even need to send an SMS with this phone, but I do need to be able to receive. Why? It’s the expectation of availability. You have a mobile number, people expect to be able to text you. So this would be an ideal second phone for me if either the small display was adapted to display a text message, or there was some web-based system (hello, carriers?) to manage or set an auto-reply (“The phone I’m using right now can’t receive texts, please call me instead). I wonder what happens with SMS. Are messages queued for delivery until you put the SIM in your other handset? I’m with Matt – there’s (theoretically) no reason the display on the top couldn’t be used for showing/composing an SMS. In fact for those of us elderly folk who remember what it was like to carry a one-line pager, it would be a teary throwback to the halcyon days of Def Leppard (before they turned crap), Not The 9 O’clock News and Ford Laser Ghias being flash. I am too young to have ever carried a pager. On 31 January 2011 17:38:10 UTC, Disqus < I imagine it’s queued at the SMSC until validity expires, or just vanishes into the ether… I think you are probably right Leave a ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.