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The Light Phone 2 is an ultra-minimalist phone that only does the basics

Smartphones are awesome. I love my Pixel 2 and use it daily for taking photos, browsing social media, watching YouTube videos, etc. However, as awesome as it is, it can also be a distraction I don't always need. This is a struggle that a lot of people have, and to provide a solution to this problem, we have the Light Phone 2.

Light Phone 2 is a project that recently launched on Indiegogo, and it's a 4G LTE phone that does the basics and nothing more. You can make phone calls, send text messages, view your contacts, and even set alarms, but you won't find any apps for social media, emails, news, or games.

All of this is packed into a small, rectangular body (99mm x 55mm x 7.5mm) with an e-Ink display, and it's powered by LightOS – a heavily modified version of Android.

The Light Phone 2 will have a price tag of $400 USD, but if you act fast, you can still grab it for $250 as part of the Indiegogo campaign.

So, why in the world would anyone want to throw down $250 to $400 on a phone that makes calls and texts but not much else? For me personally, this looks like something I'd love to have.

I try to be as conscious as possible about my smartphone usage, but it's still something I struggle with each day. I can be spending time with family or my fiance, and before you know it, I've got my phone in my hand going through Twitter or checking out Instagram Stories. With the Light Phone 2, there's no chance for those distractions to happen. I don't think I could ever completely get rid of my Pixel 2 due to the nature of my job, but for those times when I really want to stay in the moment, the Light Phone 2 would be wonderful to have as a secondary device.

The team behind Light Phone 2 says it's toying with other features it may add down the road, such as turn-by-turn directions, ride-sharing, weather info, etc., but anything that does get added will have a purpose. No matter what happens, you'll never see an app for Facebook on here.

Light Phone 2 is slated to start shipping in April 2019, and at the time of publishing this article, the campaign's already 169% complete with over $420,000 in raised funds.

This is definitely something I'll be following over the next year, but what about you? Is the Light Phone 2 something you'd be interested in buying? Let me know in those comments down below.

See at Indiegogo

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

57 Comments
  • That is pretty basic
  • I feel like I absolutely need this... But um, 250-400 is absolutely stupid of a price for this. Being on Indiegogo makes me believe all they want to do is cash in.
  • I was thinking the same thing. I'm done with supporting vaporware on these funding sites.
  • Stupid... Exceptionally stupid at $400 USD. You either have time management skills, focus, and will power... Or not... Or you simply need access to all the wonders a smartphone offers in 2018, not 1994. If it was $49, it might make a nice option for kids. No carrier will want it, because they can't sell data plans. It appears so minimal in size, it probably has horrible up time. It positively is useless if it can't go a few days without a recharge. Looks to be a good example of form over function. No thanks... Run away, do not walk, if it's $400.
  • 2 reason I would want this 1. traveling out the country and only need a phone to use for call purposes only
    2. for my mom $49 is the absolute most I would even want to pay for this. And yet, they have over 1500 investors.
  • If I'm out of the country, I'd do the exact opposite of what this phone offers.
  • Exactly.
  • Ok. Cool Story When I travel I never needed my phone outside the hotel other than to make a call if it was important or emergency. I don't travel out my comfort phone and like carrying around expensive electronics that's a magnet for thievs. They want this cool. If it was for $49. I leave the real deal at the hotel. I always keep a throw away phone outside the hotel.
  • I'm 6'2", so being intimidated while traveling isn't a concern.... But I also don't travel to third world locations where crime is a significant issue... Oh, and I have no interest in urban Chicago neighborhoods like Riverdale or Fuller Park, lol. If you are so concerned about security... Maybe choose another travel destination.
  • Agreed. I want to enjoy myself when I go out of the country.
  • I always enjoy myself. I just don't need to carry around $1000 electronics to enjoy it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • I'm just not gullible and take things for granted. Places like Jamaica and Bahamas will always have pockets of crime just like any non third world country. Lol Ignorance is always bliss
  • Yeah, with the limitations it provides I would expect and willing to start consider something like this for $100 (seriously). But, I don't see myself picking one of these up for twice the price of the Moto E or Moto G that I think are great bargains. I would rather just put limitations on myself.
  • I would like something like this for a work phone. But needs to support calendar and email, alarms, etc. But not for the price. Realistic $49-$99.
  • A feature phone would be a way better and cheaper alternative than this.
  • LOL! One of the continual problems of Windows Phone was that people complained there were never any apps for it. Now this phone HAS no apps and is designed NOT to have apps and people think it's a great idea.
    Oh the irony... As for phones with apps, like FB and Snapchat, there's always the Uninstall button or don't even install it in the first place. That's always free.
  • Yeah, but a Windows Phone cost over $300 typically so people expected more. Huh? This one costs $400? Never mind.
  • Are you seriously try to compare THIS to a Window Phones? Oh I forgot, WPC fanboys don't have phones to talk about it so they gotta spew crap about WP on here. Like people care. This concept and WP aren't even remotely the same so why troll? And in honestly, this is STILL probably better than WP.
  • Love it. Best comment here.
  • Um...............? This has been around for decades, it's called a feature phone. And I think if your solution to your device addiction is to get ANOTHER device, you have bigger problems than you realize.
  • Remove the flip lid and the price goes up.
  • It's a nice concept but way too expensive. There are a lot of good budget phones that cost less. If you only need calling and texting, I'd rather check out the Nokia 8110 4G, which costs less. If I wanted something with a touchscreen interface, there's plenty of cheap budget devices and you can just disable any of those "extra" features that might be a distraction (I currently do this with an old iPhone 5 which I just use for gaming).
  • You know what question is coming next... "So how long does the battery last?" ;-)
  • 100% perfect for my kids.... but i would pay like $50 no more
  • Yeah, I could see the $250 range if they included a top-tier camera and some sort of viewfinder to take pictures (not selfies). But the idea of spending that kind of money just to minimize makes absolutely no sense. Just buy a feature phone with a keyboard for $15 dollars at Walmart. Or buy an old blackberry on ebay for $50. I actually love the idea of an e-ink display feature phone. Battery life forever. But if it costs more than $100 initially, $50 by the 3rd generation, it is going nowhere.
  • I'll activate Extreme Saver on my current phone, and I just saved 400 US dollars.
  • STUPID
  • $99, $400 is absurd
  • Just nope. $50 max and if it can send emails then I'll swallow $100 but $400? Just a train of nope. I've seen a dumb phone from a local phone brand with a metal body with 5000mah battery that they advertise to last for 2-4 weeks and even that cost under $50
  • Phone addiction is real, fortunately it doesnt lake long to break the habit. Last year i had some money issues because of missing a lot of work due to a surgery. Couldnt pay for service. After about a week it stopped bothering me to be phone free. When i did get my service back i found I wasnt interested in starting back with most of that stuff. After about a month tho, I was back to my old ways. I cant see spending even $39 on this thing.
  • I would love this form factor in a flagship
  • I rather buy blackberry bold, better security, better keyboard, better email client than every phone out now... we need the bold instead. More productive and more secure than any phone on the market.
  • For $70, maybe but $400? No way, Jose.
  • Hahaha!
  • Interesting idea, but not for me. I'd love to see a 3.5" to 4.0" bezelless smartphone that's cloned from my regular phone, something that would be used at the gym or on a hike.
  • This is a good idea, but the price is wrong wrong wrong!! The price should be $100. That's it. I expect the battery life to be at least a week with a device like this that uses an ink display with literally no other features other than basic phone functionality. I would like to see them at least add a decent news and weather app, an eReader app, an email app, a calendar app, a calculator app, a basic note/list app and a navigation app because those are things that are actually useful for most people on their phones. Maybe add Android pay as well. That way, you have a true minimalist pda phone with outstanding battery life. Otherwise, i can get an Obama phone.
  • Alternatively, you simply NOT install/use social media apps, YouTube, games, etc. If you must spend $400 (or even $250) on a barebones phone to prevent you from wasting too much time, then you need serious help.
  • I like the idea of this a lot but I need turn by turn directions too and a main camera, like someone else said.
  • Why not just by a dumb phone for next to nothing?
  • You can buy a basic phone that does exactly the same for aound $20.
  • An idea used by parents who intervene on their kids online use is to install a fingerprint app lock... Norton is excellent. The parents lock out Google Play, installed games, and social media apps on their kids phones using parents fingerprints or access code. If I were an app lock marker, I'd create a time based lock feature... The ability to locl down and limit app use to specific times of day. If an adult has a phone addiction problem... They can request a friend to lock out apps on their phone... No shame in admitting a problem if one exists. Personally... I have a lot of free time right now.... That will change soon,& I'll comment much less.... Lol
  • I want and need one... For £40...
  • This could be good for old people. Otherwise, the price is ridiculous even at $250. Also what a dumb excuse for being addicted to your smartphone and using that as an excuse to say you would need this. You don't want social media bothering you? turn off all app notifications for them or delete the apps.
  • $49-$79 i'd buy one.
    buy a moto E. remove every app possible only use maps, weather, mail, text, and call.
    hide/delete the rest. save $300
  • Stupid!
  • Willing to bet a sub-$100 knockoff appears before April 2019...
  • Turn off data on your Pixel 2. Boom. You now have a Light Phone.
  • Yeah, no. Not for $400. Way too much for such a basic device. Stupid. We won't remember this phone in a year from now because it'll be vaporware like all the others, such as the Saygus V2, the Comet, etc.
  • Cool idea but way too expensive.
    Considering they are a small company, they def need a higher margin, but it's unreasonable to ask people for 400$ in this market.
    150-200 is more "realistic".
  • What a total rip off. For about $20 you can buy a old flip phone or candy bar phone that does more.
  • Neat idea but not for $400 way overpriced. It's needs some more features like a calculator, notes, email, GPS navigation, camera for photos and videos. It should only cost $49 the way it is now.
  • Last time i checked, feature phones could do more than this for 25% the price.
  • this is my next...I would love to have a beautifully designed "dumbphone" for just getting life back to pre smartphone days. Looking forward to it.
  • HTC One Mini is $94 with 692 hours of standby (that's 28 days!). Put it in extreme saver mode and you have almost the same functionality, but with email and navigation if needed.
  • No use to me whatsoever!
    But I want one....
  • Tooooo expensive. This could be the future of feature phones. But im talking about the 50 dollar price range.
  • Add a 12mp camera, music and navigation. Drop the price to $99 and I would be all over this for my whole family. I went back to a slider feature phone after trying out an original Galaxy. I've always wanted to go back to a slider keyboard feature phone, but the cameras are worthless, and the lack of navigation was sorely missed. Otherwise, the other fluff of a smartphone is wants not needs.