|Firefly is the only mobile phone that's designed just for kids. It's small, sturdy. And shaped to fit a kid's hand. And using a Firefly phone is simple: just 5 keys make and accept all calls.|
|Band||GSM 850/1900 (Dual Band)|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 360 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 205 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
|Phone Book Capacity (Numbers)||20|
Average review score based on 72 user reviews
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Product received in a basic PE plastic bag, complete with AC adapter, and film covering display for protection from scratches. No manual was included, no original packaging, no lanyard, no additional sleeve / case.
The Firefly phone has a rather small pitch font display which may be challenging for older adults, but fine for kids. The phone uses a 4 digit PIN code to unlock parental features, such as adding name/numbers to the phone book, blocking unknown inbound calls, etc.
This particular phone was designed to be run under the AT&T Cingular GSM network, and was originally locked. But... the phone I received was UNLOCKED! The phone spec (online) claims compatibility with the 850 & 1900 MHz bands (thus, USA/Canada only). I currently use this one, for example, with a low cost pay-as-you-go T-Mobile plan.
Phone signal reception is rather weak (one bar of five signal compared to 3 bars on an HTC MyTouch). Handset speaker sound is rather quite, perhaps 75~80% of typical cell phones' volume. Microphone seems to respond better in the mid/upper pitch range better, vs. common phones which how a wider and lower pitch coverage.
The important stuff: Two button operation to call Mom, Dad, or Emergency. Click the "Mom" button, click the "Call" button, for example. The phone book supports a maximum of 20 entries, and is edited only with the parental PIN code. Call screening means people NOT in the phone book (or Mom or Dad) can't call the phone during the day to interrupt children in school, etc., to sell them new windows or siding for the house.
No voice mail. There is an indicator showing if there is a missed call, and the child can see who the caller was and return the call easily (assuming it is in the phone book / Mom / Dad).
The phone works. It's easy for kids to learn, and with the addition of a lanyard, it can easily be tethered to / inside a kids backpack as a back-up plan to reach selected contact persons. The ringer is selectable (by parents), with basic midi-like tones, but is loud enough to hear in most environments, even in a backpack. Size is small to fit kids hands, and the phone is light weight and easy to carry. Being unlocked, the user has a choice of USA/Canada GSM carriers using the 850/1900 MHz bands, either pay-as-you-go or monthly subscription plans. I'm happy with my choice, and I enjoy a T-Mobile $100/year for 1000 minutes pay-as-you-go plan, where I can get the SIM replaced and retain any minutes if it gets lost. If it does, I'll be checking back with this seller for another Firefly phone just like the one I got...
This phone is a 2 year old model that Firefly doesn't even sell anymore. It is only useable if you purchase another sim card for $9.99. It is not the easiest to program due to not having any numbers. So much for the advertised free 30 minutes of free air time - you don't get that!!!
- Very small and low-tech display but that probably keeps the costs down.
- Cool how it lights up different colors.
- Doesn't hold the charge for a very impressive amount of time. Ok though.
- A pain to program per the very small and insanely low-tech display (like, the lowest level graphics possible on an LED display) but not impossible. (My *calculator* has a more high tech display.) You'll need to dedicate some time to setting it up.
- You can block what calls can come in, which is good.
- The kid doesn't just push the mommy button they have to push the green button too.
My son has been bugging me about getting a phone but I don't need him getting caught up with all the stuff on a phone that comes standard nowadays; games, texting, etc. Enter the Firefly. It has an address book, emergency, Mom & Dad buttons and it's designed for only one thing... Making a phone call. No need to worry about additional features and costs to your plan. It's easy to use and the kids can make a call to you even if they don't remember your number. two buttons and they have you on the phone.
Nice little phone, I don't know why AT&T decided to stop selling them.
We originally bought this phone for our daughter, who had a horrific vehicle accident and was in a care facility. We liked the security features of being able to restrict the outgoing phone numbers for two reasons. One-it made it a less desirable phone to 'grow legs' and Two-it discouraged others from using it. The three button operation made it very simple for calls to Mom, Husband and the others that were programmed into the phone. Its directory is not hard to program, just requires patience. It has a good selection of ring tones and is very easy to change settings on.
Initially we had only plans to buy one of these phones, but that was 3 years ago. One was lost down the toilet, another had charging/battery problems and I bought one for my Mom. They are easy to use. We bought 2 more phones through this dealer, so I figure we are ready to go for the next 4-5 years. We love the Firefly phone, it filled all of needs.