Phonebloks: A Mobile Phone that will Last Forever

In a rapidly advancing technology culture, there are more electronic devices and machines than ever before. In fact, around 300 million computers and one billion cell phones are manufactured each year.

People, now a days are lured by the advance technology and features offered by the Mobile Phone corporations in their Cell phones, which ultimately lead them to purchase a brand new mobile, whilst forsaking the former one.

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Even Though, the Cell phone could serve for a decade if utilized well, but the way people use, it usually barely lasts a couple of years before it breakdown.

Mostly there are a few specific parts that stops functioning, which compels us to throw away the entire Cell phone or simply put it in an old drawer since the great deal of progression in Mobile Phone technology has made the mobile phone so much affordable that it is perpetually a better approach to buy the new phone, rather than fixing the old one.

Dave Hakkens of Phonebloks.com has come up with an innovative concept that might just revolutionize the way the Cell phones have been used so far. His profound idea would help to retain your old phone with yourself, whilst relishing the latest mobile phone features the same time.

He named it, Phonebloks.

Phonebloks is built with detachable bloks. The bloks are connected to the base which locks everything together into a solid phone, allowing the user to build their own mobile depending on individual requirements. If a blok breaks you can simply replace it; if it is becoming stale just upgrade it.

As an example, let’s assume you have this 21MP camera blok but would want to upgrade to the latest 41MP camera – probably just released by some company – then you can simply replace the camera blok only, not the entire cell phone.

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It is just like an app store for hardware. In the store you buy your bloks, read reviews and sell old bloks. Small and large organizations develop and sell their bloks. You can buy a pre-assembled phone or assemble it yourself by picking the brands you want to support. The decision is yours.

Dave Hakkens – the brain behind the concept – had teamed up with Thunderclap – a crowd speaking platform that allows a singular cause or message to be shared in mass – to promote the idea, and have over 885,000 supporters already as I write.

According to Dave Hakkens,

“The market of electronic devices is growing rapidly, but it feels like we are building disposable stuff. Every time we make something new we completely throw away the old one.

Imagine all the good displays, bluetooths and speakers we have thrown away. I love the connected world that we live in and it is time to set up a universal modular platform that companies work on together.”

Phoneblok’s message will be blared out on October 29th with the goals of reaching a wide audience, comprising designers and engineers, who will jump on board to build the very first sustainable cell phone.


    • It’s a nice idea, but not practical for many reasons. For one thing, it will be larger and bulkier. For another thing, every “connection” section will be more susceptible to dust or water (if you get a few drops of water on your phone, most of the time it doesn’t matter because it does not get inside the grills for speaker, mic, etc. But that will not be the case here).

      • Nothing at first seems practical. But trust me, there is a solution to everything.
        As they say, “Difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions.”

        • Sure, I have no doubt that someone will make or attempt to make such a device. But whether it will ever be practical?

          • Hello Shahid,
            This is the good thing to be optimistic.
            What made you think that it wouldn’t be practical, being an Engineering Students and having a Technology Enthusiast, I deeply believe that this is indeed possible.
            You said every connection would be more susceptible to dust or water, don’t you think that the Developers and Engineers would think that too ? and try to sort the issues out before implementing the concept ?

  • Time is Big inventor :) We should change ourself with new techs. Imaginations for future are on our fingertips nearly now… Good POST dude

  • great! I mean who else is not sick of seeing others with a new cell every new week? esp. when you, yourself can’t manage to follow the trend!

  • The idea is brilliant and quite unique in itself. But I’m not sure if it will be too much success. These guys are forgetting something. One of the most important aspect of any cell phone, which heavily affects its sales and success, is its design. We have seen a lot of cell phones that had great specs and quality but failed miserably or didn’t fulfill their potentially only because they didn’t have a great design, and vice versa. The idea of having a monotonous, simple looking block of smartphone in everybody’s hands would not be fancied by a lot of people. If only somehow you can possibly change its design or colors, this device may stand a better chance.

  • sounds like a load of bull, not practical, IT DOESNT have a screen, it cant be on par with smart phones, and who said you can’t upgrade smart phones? looks like the fake Dr. didn’t do enough research before blowing his cash.


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