While it might not be common a few years back, the sight of seeing kids walking around with tablets and phones of their own is certainly becoming quite normal. However if you’re a parent who is worried that your child might rack up quite a bill with their own phone, or if you want to be able to control who they are able to call, then perhaps the OwnFone is a gadget you might want to check out. Designed for use in the UK only, the OwnFone can hardly be called a smartphone, and to be honest even feature phones have more features than it, although its novel design was what caught our attention in the first place.

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As you can see in the photo above, the OwnFone is a very simplistic phone and allows customers to customize how many numbers are allowed to be dialed on it. Customers can choose from 2, 4, 8 or 12 contacts which will be preprogrammed on the device before being shipped out to customers. Instead of sporting phone numbers, each phone number will be instead be represented by a label, such as “Mom”, “Dad”, “Police”, “Grandma” and etc. It’s available for £55 and if you’ve got kids that you’ve got to keep in contact with, or perhaps an elderly parent who might not be familiar with their way around a regular mobile phone, let alone a smart one, then perhaps the OwnFone might be worth checking out.

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