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Building your own phone could soon be possible

Fri 22 Jun, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
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Isn't it annoying how mobile phone trends seem to change every few months? One minute you own the coolest handset on the market, and the next it's been deemed “passé”.

Wouldn't it be cool to own a phone that stands out constantly, and sparks many a conversation? Well, this may soon become possible.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology research team has developed a DIY mobile phone kit. While you won't be able to build a smartphone, the open-source designs for the phone's circuit board and case will let you construct a basic communications device personal to you.

The prototype will use a a plywood and veneer enclosure. It will be able to accept a standard SIM card, and is expected to function fully with most GSM providers. Version 1.0 will support voice calls only, with SMS functions to be added later.

The trendiness or unique features of your mobile phone shouldn't impede on its ability to make cheap international calls with Firstnumber.

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