With the help of highly advanced alien technology, Hop-on, Inc. has released a so-called “Anti-iPhone” Spartan phone called the HOP1800, which is capable of making calls with over 40 domestic wireless carriers. It’s the company’s take on a disposable phone, and with its method it has done it quite nicely, albeit it takes away some necessary features. So much for the existence of a 1900 model phone (though it could still be released in the future).
Now available in the US and the rest of the world for only $10 USD, the Hop-on HOP1800 comes in two variants: one that’s a Dual-band 850/1900MHz for the US and another that’s 900/1800MHz for Europe and Asia. It’s pretty thick for a phone that’s sucked dry of all the “fattening” features at 14mm, but its 77g weight shows us that it really doesn’t pack much inside after all.
Here’s a quick list of specs courtesy of the HOP1800′s product page:
- Bands: Dual-band 850/1900MHz or 900/1800MHz
- Battery: Standard Li-Ion 600mAh
- Battery Life: Talk time 4 hours; Standby time 150 hours
- Ringer: Polyphonic (16 Midi)
- Embedded Vibration: Yes
- SIM Lock: Yes
- Keypad Lock: Yes
Not surprisingly, the HOP1800 will not include a screen of any kind (to keep the costs low), and in lieu of that it offers a tactile numeric keypad with Braille markings, which according to Hop-on is something that “touch screen cell phone users are longing for.”
The Hop-on HOP1800 is now available. Continue reading for Hop-on’s official press release.
Hop-on Releases $10 “Anti-iPhone”
Spartan Cell Phone Loses the Display, Gains Convenience
IRVINE, Calif., — IRVINE, Calif., May 23,2008 — Hop-On, Inc. (Pink Sheets: HPNN) today announces that its GSM cell phone, the Hop1800, is now available in the United States for $10 USD, and worldwide. One of the new breed of ultra convenient cell phones, the pre-paid HOP1800 is ideal as a backup cell phone, when traveling abroad, or for anyone looking for a super affordable cell phone that does one thing extremely well: make phone calls.
“Though the iPhone is an amazing device, I challenge anyone to make a call faster than with the HOP1800,” says Hop-On CEO Peter Michaels. “With the cost of living and roaming fees going though the roof, the HOP1800 is also the perfect iPhone traveling companion. Just buy a local SIM card and you can use the HOP1800 with over 40 domestic wireless carriers,” Michaels said.
Both HOP1800 phones, one a Dual-band 850/1900MHz or the 900/1800MHz for Europe and Asia, weigh a scant 77 grams, offers 4 hours of talk time, 150 hours of standby time and polyphonic ring tones. Though low in cost, the HOP1800 uses reliable Infineon chip sets for excellent audio quality, reception and call stability.
At a $10 price point in the US retail and convenient stores, the HOP1800 could be considered disposable, but the company offers a $5 rebate for returning the phone to encourage recycling the phone to “Keep it Green”.
Keeping it simple
The HOP1800 is a study in simplicity. There is no display. A tactile numeric keypad with Braille markings, offers reassuring buttons that touch screen cell phone users are longing for. Being a pre-paid cell phone, no contracts are required so you can be up and talking in seconds. The HOP1800 can be used with over 40 US carriers including AT&T, Cingular and T-Mobile as well as through Hop-On’s own low cost Graffiti Wirelesstm network.
The HOP1800 is now available to retailers such as drug and convenience stores, big box retailers and to businesses looking for a unique branding opportunity. Hop-on can imprint sport teams or corporate logos on the HOP1800, making it one of the most unique – and useful – premiums available. “Instead of another coffee mug, offering a branded cell phone is a memorable branding opportunity that will literally keep you in touch with your customers. What would be a better way for companies, such as insurance brokers to give to their customers, handy in case of an accident!” adds Michaels.
For more information, visit http://www.Hop-on.com.
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