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Old 08-26-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Motofone F3 as Ebook Reader?

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An idea has been wurring around in my head for a bit now: would it be possible to use the Motofone F3, which features a basic eink screen, as a portable, extremely durable, extremely basic ereader? I could get a sim card and purchase a prepaid unlimited texting plan (these are not expensive if you don't want any minutes attached) and then use email-to-SMS gateways to send chapters of whatever book I'm reading to the phone. I could keep track of where I left off by only opening the messages when I intend to read them. I could also subscribe to various twitter and rss feeds to get news updates throughout the day. Can anyone who has this phone comment on the viability of this plan? I know the phone's text display capabilities are primitive (limited number of characters on screen at one time, limited punctuation, etc.) but if one is not a stickler for the formating of the text you are reading, is this doable? The phone itself is dirt cheap (less than $25 with free shipping on Amazon) so the risk would be minimal. Any opinions?

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Old 05-10-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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the phone unfortunately only has a 2 line display and afaik no j2me. strangely there has never been any proper eink phones...

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_FONE

pretty cool phone though
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And the character set is a random jumble of upper and lower case characters and one, maybe two punctuation marks. The display isn't bitmapped, it's pretty much equivalent to a 14 segment led display. Plus you only get about 8 characters on screen at once...

They're great as a cheap, sunlight-readable, long battery life lightweight phone. But pretty useless for SMS let alone anything else.

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Old 05-11-2012, 08:49 AM   #4
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I'm really scraping the barrel looking for a eink phone!

It's a problem for me as I work outdoors and can't see the screen...
plus I had my Nook stolen so it feels hard to buy another one again... yet most phones either have a small screen or too big to read for hours at a time without it plugged in
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