This is what happens when you use the Raspberry Pi single-board computer to build a phone
Mr. Hunt's homemade phone is powered by the $40 Raspberry Pi Model B computer, which is identical to the one that graces the insides of the PiPad. The PiPhone also houses a SIM900 GSM/GPRS module, which comes with the sole purpose of connecting the device to the carrier's network. The display of the device is a resistive PiTFT touchscreen, which sports a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and comes with a 16-bit color depth.
The creator of the PiPhone uses a 2500mAh Li-poly battery to power his homemade gadget. Although this might seem like an overkill for a gizmo that only comes with the most basic functions, Mr. Hunt suspects that it won't provide more than several hours of life for the PiPhone due to the lack of software optimizations. Speaking of software, the PiPhone runs a custom script, which is written in Python by Mr. Hunt himself.
The whole shebang cost Mr. Hunt some $158 – the GSM module appears to be the most expensive - $48, while the display and the chipset hurt his wallet less - $35 and $40, respectively. Although it looks like it was assembled with Lego blocks by a kid, the PiPhone is a rather curious project, which might teach us to appreciate affordable devices, such as the $62 Nokia Asha 230, a little bit more.
source: David Hunt Photography via Pocket-lint
20. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1041; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
80s you mean early 2000 remember nextel and nokia and others had that till 2006
2. Sauce (unregistered)
Better than WP.
All jokes aside:
THIS. IS. AWESOME!
3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3410; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Bravery eh! You are lucky though not too many nokia fanboys online today.
13. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I'm a Nokia fanboy but I'm in no way a WP fanboy and i have a brain !
going back on topic
THIS. IS. AWESOME!
18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3410; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Why are you so butthurt? You are a disgrace for fandroids.
4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3242; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Looks like some sort of detonator. I wouldn't carry this phone into the airport :)
8. Sauce (unregistered)
5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3242; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
And with a can of black spray paint, this could become the new secure "BlackPiPhone". Add a big red LED for "secure mode", and it'd be "BlackCherryPiPhone" :)
6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3242; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Without a doubt, the top phone of 2014. PiPhone FTW.
9. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
Compared to the nowadays devices, it looks like Frankenstein's Monster. Well, it might be useful for learning purpose, not sure for what else.
12. malikmoreni (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)
Man!! like my Router's Antenna, cant drop a nokia 3310 for this :D
19. frustyak (Posts: 158; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
If Apple made this it would sell it for $500.
22. NinjaBanana (Posts: 24; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)
If Android made this is would sell for none because Android sucks.