MAKERphone – The Best DIY Phone you can build for just $94

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Written by Benjamin Johnson

Crazy smartphone market and lots of mobile brands! Why don’t you build a DIY Phone for $99 on your own? No worries if you don’t have any technical knowledge on circuits and other stuff. This fundraising campaign i.e, MAKERphone will help you build your own DIY phone for $99, not a smartphone!

MAKERphone is a DIY phone that comes with a kit and instruction to assemble all hardware together and let you code for the phone. Rather than DIY Phone, it’s an education project which helps people to learn more about the mobile hardware and software development.

The goal of this project was not to build a smartphone instead, a normal phone with all basic functions that let you make calls, play music, send text, play games, use some apps and more. You can find some gaming buttons along with a number pad. You can find 8 programmable RGB LED lights at the back and it supports GSM cellular networks with a micro SIM Card slot.

MAKERPhone - The Best DIY Phone you can build for just $94

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Talking about the connectivity, the device supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2. The MAKERphone is embedded with a DAC (Digital Audio Converter) for MP3 playback and a real-time clock. The phone supports the Python and Scratch programming languages and it comes with an open-source hardware phone kit.

The DIY phone is backed with a 600mAh battery. Badly it doesn’t have any camera, but it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, lol 😀

Features of MAKERphone

  • A color screen.
  •  Better microcontroller with our custom software.
  •  Python programming language compatibility.
  •  Scratch programming language compatibility.
  •  Dedicated DAC and electronic volume controller for sound regulation and mp3 playback .
  •  8 individually programmable RGB LEDs for a light show in your palms.
  •  Better PCB architecture for easier soldering.
  •  New prettier box with a black touchy cut-out sponge.
  •  The thing can now make calls, has a SIM card, and built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
  •  RTC (real time clock)

The MAKERphone is based on Arduino, launched by 20-year old developer Albert Gajšak on Kickstarter. Following the MAKERbuino, a successful DIY gaming console, Gajšak launched this new project which whispers all around the web.

MAKERPhone - The Best DIY Phone you can build for just $94

Gaming on MAKERPhone

You can buy assembled Makerphone for $99 if you are interested to assemble on your own then buy MAKERphone Kit & Tools for around $94 on Kickstarter. The kit comes with all the components you need to build the phone, from the circuit board, hardware and other things that required create this DIY phone. 

You will get all the below mentioned hardware,

  • MAKERphone circuit board.
  • MAKERphone casing.
  • 128*160 full color TFT LCD.
  • GSM module.
  • Main microcomputer module.
  • Sound module.
  • Amplifier module.
  • Stick-on antenna.
  • A 128MB SD card preloaded with games and apps included.

Do watch the MAKER Phone commercial video,

If you are looking for some retro-style gadgets, then MAKERphone is the best choice! We expect MAKERphone will be shipped to all backers in March 2019.

Don’t worry about codings, the tutorials will be posted online for coding apps and to build this phone. For more details, do check the Kickstarter campaign page!

About the author

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Benjamin Johnson

A keen tech enthusiast who loves to keep a tab on the tech scene, with special emphasis on things like smartphones, tablets, laptops, convertibles and such. Cars happen to be his other passion, not to mention the recent trend here comprising of electric cars and autonomous cars. Off late, he has also started tinkering a bit with stuff like electronic circuits, electric motors a bit though he's just a novice there.