|Make calls, play games, take pictures, listen to mp3's, watch videos, and text, all on the flyPhone! The flyPhone features a unique electro-luminescent morphing keypad that automatically switches between game controller, mp3 or video controller and number pad. Includes built-in games, ringtones, wallpapers and sample music and video for customization or use the included flyKicks PC software to create your own!|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||Built-In Memory, MicroSD|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 360 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 250 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||1.5 in.|
|Display Resolution||128 x 128 pixels|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
Average review score based on 86 user reviews
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...
Very beautiful phone with long-lasting battery, very light, nice designed. Amusing keyboard almost without keys (good for children which like sand and chocolate) but with a plane touch panel showing different keys according to the need: digits for phone, suitable keys for music, arrows for games etc. Full parental control on in and out calls, messages, calendar reminders etc. That is why I bought it. My 8 y.o. boy, non-English speaker, manages the functions well - the main functions are easy to access. Many "cool" features like Java games, camera, music player, micro memory card. The price is very reasonable, for my opinion. Moreover, I have an impression (do not take it as advice) what despite the GSM frequencies declared, it will work in Europe as well (if unlocked). The main limitation for me is a very small amount of brand accesories available for this phone and I did not find the option to tie a strap.
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!!!
My brother, 56 years old, just came to live with me from a State School, doesn't know how to read, but is otherwise fairly independent. The Firefly is a great option for him - just has to push the button of the woman, then the green button and it dials me, or push the button of the man, then the green button and it dials my husband. Other family members have been given his cell number and can call him, but he only needs to call the two of us - makes it so simple for us! If we should get separated in a large store, etc., I can call him or he can call me, but he doesn't have to worry about numbers or reading names...I think it was wonderful invention for kids, elderly and educationally challenged! And because he sees adults and children with cell phones, it makes him feel more normal to have his own, and one that he can use without assistance!
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.