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Monday, March 21, 2005

Firefly Develops Cell Phone for Kids

Last week we discussed how more kids were wanting and getting cell phones. Now, a startup called Firefly Mobile has developed a cell phone specifically designed for young children.

The phone, which uses a prepaid calling plan, has simplified design; no games or text messaging capability; has speed dial buttons for Mom, Dad and 911; and can only dial those numbers that parents program into it. The phone is also smaller than a regular cell phone, fitting more comfortably into a child's hands.

The Firefly phones are scheduled to go on sale through the Firefly website in May, and at Target stores this summer.

Sources: Designtechnica, MobileTracker