Firefly is branding this new phone as the “mobile phone for mobile kids,” – and it was good enough to earn a ‘Best of Innovations’ award at CES 2006. But is it really deserving of that distinction?
PC Magazine: (‘Good’ Rating)”The first cell phone for children makes an excellent safety device or replacement for a Family Radio Services walkie-talkie, but it’s no competition for general-purpose phones.”
Mobileburn: (Recommended) The Firefly is a unique device. Its small form factor and light weight, as well as its “cuteness” and flashing lights and colors, make it a potential success with children. The fact that it is available on pre-paid plans, and that calls can be restricted, means that parents won’t have to worry about huge surprise phone bills at the end of the month.The user interface needs some work, to be sure, but at least with a phone this simple, you don’t need to be rummaging through the main menu very often. I think that if the menu PIN and some of the flashing lights and animations could be disabled, that this device would work equally well for grandparents and other people that merely want a phone for emergencies and a few random minutes a month. But that’s a different target audience completely.For now, there is little else like the Firefly on the market. I can’t hold its lack of features against it, considering its intended market, and as such give it a “Recommended” rating. It’s a cool little phone.
CNET: (5.6 out of 10) With parental controls, ease of use, no text messaging, and a prepaid calling plan, the Firefly phone is an ideal mobile for tweens.
Price: $99 or $40 with Cingular two-year contract. Pre-paid minutes: 40 minutes is $10, 100 minutes is $25, and 200 minutes cost $50. Each phone comes with 30 minutes free.
Bottom Line: As mentioned, the Firefly is no competition for a standard cellphone – however, it is the best game in town when it comes to phones that will satisfy kids and parents alike.
Posted by Sean