You can celebrate now (again if you are as old as 1992). This is the year in which the first text message was sent from a computer to a mobile phone and now, 25 years after, you can get back to the basics with the point MP01 phone. This small gadget sells and allows you to do only two social things: text and phone. Sure, it has an alarm clock, a calendar, and a contact list, but that’s pretty much the extent of its functionality. It’s a digital detox tool, remember? No social media, no Web browsing, no touch screen. It is legitimate of the old school. And it is a popular new trend with celebrities and minimalists to stimulate.
It features very cool alarm sounds. This critic described his pre-selected ringtone as ” chirping at a strangely realistic bird. “and the sound you hear when you press the keys “the the” click “net each digit entry” satisfying. As well as the elegant finish and improved audio (thanks to a curved back housing), which could explain why this arcane-based technology is so expensive for what it does for its users. Perhaps.
The phone was developed by a Swiss technology company and runs exclusively on 2G networks, meaning it cannot be used in many countries around the world, including Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia as of September 2017. Canada’s newest 2G provider is expected to give up service next year. In the US you need to be a T-Mobile client to use the point MP01, then you guarantee only 2G coverage until 2020. After that it is a hope and a prayer for point users.
The display is monochrome, and for the text you need to go back to the essentials. Remember how you used numbers again and again to type letters on your old flip phone? That’s what the text function works on the point MP01. Three taps on the ‘ 1 ‘for a ‘C’, and so on. This will get your thumb muscles back on track. Or it could mean that you send an SMS less than on your smartphone.
But now, that’s the idea. Text less, walk more, meet people, talk face to face. Don’t bury your head on social media, go out and be social. If you can leave Facebook and GPS and Pinterest behind, but still want to be in touch with what really matters, maybe the point MP01 is just the silly smartphone for you.