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California Texting Tax
California’s public utilities commission is set to vote to approve taxing text messages next month, so sending texts and emojis could soon cost you more on top of your monthly bill. This new proposal aims to expand the public programs tax to text messages, while others argue that some service wireless carriers — the ones who bundle services — already charge the proposed tax on texting. To be more specific, many wireless carriers bundle services and charged a fixed rate, so those consumers already pay a surcharge on the cost for their texts. However, for plans structured with separate costs for voice and texting services, this would be a new surcharge. Read more for a news report and additional information.

NTT DoCoMo KY-O1L Thinnest Phone

NTT DoCoMo’s KY-O1L by Kyocera has been named a “card phone,” and rightfully so. This credit card-sized device is touted as the world’s thinnest and lightest cell phone, measuring in at 5.3mm thick, while weighing a mere 47g. It features a 2.8-inch monochrome e-paper screen, LTE connectivity, and a 380mAh battery. Continue reading for three more pictures and additional information.

MakerPhone DIY Phone

For just $89, the MAKERphone is an Arduino-based, DIY mobile phone kit that comes disassembled, and once completed, it aims to teach even novices more about programming (Python, Scratch, etc.) as well as basic electronics. The device itself sports a GSM module, dual-core processor, 128×160 pixel color LCD display, antenna, sound module, and yes, a headphone jack. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the Kickstarter page.

Zanco T1 Smallest Cell Phone

Small cell phones are nothing new, but the “Zanco Tiny T1” takes the crown for world’s smallest, or so the company claims. Measuring in at just 21mm x 46.7mm and weighing 13g, this coin-sized device is compatible with nano SIM cards and features only the necessities, which include a speaker, microphone, keypad, 12.5mm OLED display as well as a mirco USB charging port. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Shaver Phone

It’s not everyday that you find a modern cell phone with anything less than an 8-megapixel camera, but this bizarre model not only underwhelms with a 0.3-megapixel shooter, but it doubles as a functional shaver as well. That’s right, simply remove the top cover, flip a switch, and you’re ready to groom, but just in case there’s a power outage, a bright LED light ensures that the room stays illuminated. Oh, let’s not forget the phone’s dual SIM card slots for your travels. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

Google Pixel 3 XL

Based on leaked images and analysts reports, Google’s Pixel 3 XL is reported to have an edge-to-edge display as well as two front-facing cameras. To make this happen, Google is allegedly partnering with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, better known as the iPhone manufacturer, to build “new display hardware.” Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

Huawei Mate 20

The Huawei P20 Pro already has a triple lens camera system, but why stop there? The company is set to release their Mate 20 smartphone at the end of 2018, and while Apple is ‘likely to launch a new iPhone model with a triple-lens rear camera in the second half of next year,’ this device could top them all with a quad lens camera system. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

MotoZen Phone

Some may argue that the smartphones of today are getting too packed with features, and rightfully so, but “MotoZen” aims to change that by keeping things simple. This cell phone can only be used for communication and photography, with each side of the device devoted to one feature. That’s right, you won’t be able to install any apps. Continue reading for more pictures.

Motorola RAZR V4

For those who don’t know, Motorola’s RAZR V3, first released in Q3 2004, combined a number of design choices that set the device apart from the competition. It had the thinnest profile at the time on a clamshell phone, sported an electro-luminescent keypad made from a single metal wafer, and utilized an industry standard mini USB port for data transfer, battery charging as well as headphones, all in a sleek aluminum body. The handset was so popular that it sold 130-million units during its lifespan, making it the best selling clamshell phone to date. This V4 concept follows up, but with a foldable OLED display that expands to full-size as needed. Continue reading for a bonus video, more pictures and information.