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Firefly review

5.7/10 AVG.
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5.7/10
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The Firefly currently has an Informr score of 5.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 65 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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This company is dedicated to providing mobile phones for kids and their best offering for young children is the Firefly phone.

You can password protect phone functions to prevent your child running up a large bill. The device itself has a full simple screen and a keypad that glows in the dark. It supports games and the wallpaper and ringtones are customizable. Best of all there are dedicated Mum and Dad keys so your child can phone you quickly if they need to.

The Firefly offers a high level of parental control and it is available with a pay–as-you-go or a monthly plan. Firefly service is only available in the US.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No



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Firefly Mobile released the Firefly on July 18, 2005.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Firefly user manual here.


Firefly Mobile backs up the Firefly with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Firefly has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Firefly Mobile support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Firefly Mobile's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
Unknown
Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Custom operating system (OS).

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery.

Firefly Specs

Overview
Release date July 18, 2005
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/1900 MHz
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Custom
Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass Unknown
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 8.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Material Unknown
Colors Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.9 x 4.3 x 2 cm (3.5 x 1.7 x 0.8 in)
Weight 60 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Monochrome
Technology LCD
Colors Unknown
Resolution Unknown
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics No
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Email Client No
Messaging No
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones No
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps No
Included Software / Apps -
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i like it

it would be good idea for your kids age 8-13
Phonedog

Firefly phone service

from Phonedog
Pro: It's small but has all the cool stuff as a "real cell phone" Con: Too many programming problems. They can't fix problems in a day, it takes weeks. Using experience: 30 days I purchased this phone for our daughter. There was a computer clitch with their program. We have been waiting 30 days f...More
Pro: It's small but has all the cool stuff as a "real cell phone" Con: Too many programming problems. They can't fix problems in a day, it takes weeks. Using experience: 30 days I purchased this phone for our daughter. There was a computer clitch with their program. We have been waiting 30 days for them to fix it, and they still havent'. Customer service can never give us any answers other then "sorry for the inconvence". I would never reccommend this phone or the service to any of our firends. Less
Amazon

Talking into a Tin Can

from Amazon
It was a bit awkward trying to get the SIM card into the phone but I could live with that since it is meant to be a kid's phone and you don't want them to have easy access to the SIM. Whenever I receive a call from my children, it sounds as though they were talking into a Tin Can. There is also an ann...More
It was a bit awkward trying to get the SIM card into the phone but I could live with that since it is meant to be a kid's phone and you don't want them to have easy access to the SIM. Whenever I receive a call from my children, it sounds as though they were talking into a Tin Can. There is also an annoying echo when carrying on a conversation. The only great feature is that they can't use the phone to dial just any number. Less
Amazon

Firely policies are insane and unfair!

from Amazon
DITTO!! To the reviewer below, you took the words right out of my mouth! I too should have given Customer( or UN customer) service a piece of my mind, but was so over them and so called policies that I wanted nothing more to do with this company. It's a shame because I like you, had bought this phone f...More
DITTO!! To the reviewer below, you took the words right out of my mouth! I too should have given Customer( or UN customer) service a piece of my mind, but was so over them and so called policies that I wanted nothing more to do with this company. It's a shame because I like you, had bought this phone for my 10 year old daughter to use in emergencies after school or on the weekends. The phone itself it precious. We were thrilled with it. But Gosh forbid, she didn't use her minutes each month. What kind of company takes my money and FINES me for not USING minutes, THEN has the nerve to cut my child's phone off?? And they told me I could buy another one and pay to turn it on? Are they on bad medicine??? I went straight to Kajeet and bought her a phone. And we LOVE it. No problems what so ever. Firefly should be put out of business. And with insane money-robbing policies like their's, they will in due time. lol Please, anyone thinking of getting a phone from this company, don't. Try Kajeet or any other company. Less
Amazon

Great for elderly

from Amazon
Got this phone for 90-yr grandmother who has forgotten how to use a regular cell phone. I have programmed numbers into it (took a while since there aren't any number keys), and used it for several days with my own sim card just to see how it works. The ringer volume can really be cranked up. Ringer...More
Got this phone for 90-yr grandmother who has forgotten how to use a regular cell phone. I have programmed numbers into it (took a while since there aren't any number keys), and used it for several days with my own sim card just to see how it works. The ringer volume can really be cranked up. Ringer songs sound like kiddie songs---the upside is that they sound pleasant. Overall call sound is great for this little phone. During one conversation both myself and the person I was talking with heard a slight echo, but it was only one time. I stopped using it after a few days because I was missing my own phone and convenient bluetooth headset. (Also, I charged it the first day, and then didn't charge it for 4 days. I kept it on all the time and used it as my phone. It was down to one battery 'bar' on the 4th day.) **The best part about this phone is that I got an unlocked version and it works perfectly with my TMobile family plan. I wasn't crazy about paying for the special/limited service offered by other companies. The Firefly phone uses GSM service, so any company that can use those phones will work. TMobile is one of those. The phone size is tiny. TINY. The up-side is that I got a lanyard for the phone and my grandmother can wear it around her neck. With her declining health and increasingly limited mobility, we were getting concerned about her ability to get to her 'land line' phone or the pull-cords that are strategically placed in the bathroom & bedroom (what if she's not near them when she falls/has an emergency situation). And having to cross even the living room to make/answer a call is an ordeal. Now having this little phone around her neck will be more convenient and give us & her peace of mind. There is a silly 'light show' button between the volume buttons. I thought it would just confuse her if she hit it. After removing the phone's casing, the button was really easy to cut off--problem solved. Also, the case has lots of 'free space' that I will be decorating with little labels to help her remember what the keys are for. I was worried about the possibility of her accidentally calling 9-1-1. You have to hold the emergency button (which doesn't stick out as much as the volume keys---it's almost flush with the sides), then push the 'send' button for the 9-1-1 call to ever be completed. I wasn't crazy about the 'Mom' and 'Dad' keys (poor planning on Firefly's part), and they were easy to rename in the menu, as well as having plenty of room below the keys to affix labels. My only complaint is that the screen is too small. It does light up (as do the keys--very bright too), but it could be larger. I got a small credit-card sized magnifying plastic card that is now also hanging from the lanyard. Hopefully she'll use it as needed with the screen and any other uses she might have... Now that I have programmed, disfigured, and completely covered this phone in labels, I am sending it to her this week. I will update my review after I see how she does with it. Hope this helps others who have an elderly friend/family member. There really aren't many options out there for that population. ;) Less
Yahoo

hate it

from Yahoo
Pro: hate it Con: hate it hate it

firefly sucks

the firefly phone sucks The style looks so corny and ugly. You can only put about 25 contacts and there is no text messeging or web browsing and you cant even download music ringtones for it like crank that soulja boy There is no camera for it,voice recording and the memory is low. i dont recommend...More
the firefly phone sucks The style looks so corny and ugly. You can only put about 25 contacts and there is no text messeging or web browsing and you cant even download music ringtones for it like crank that soulja boy There is no camera for it,voice recording and the memory is low. i dont recommend this phone. people dont look kool with this phone Less
Amazon

Not a good value

from Amazon
We purchased the Firefly with the intention that our son could contact home or parent phones as he desired. The problem was, coverage was poor, phone operation was poor and because the product performed less than reliably it sat at home instead of being carried on his person. I can't recommend this ite...More
We purchased the Firefly with the intention that our son could contact home or parent phones as he desired. The problem was, coverage was poor, phone operation was poor and because the product performed less than reliably it sat at home instead of being carried on his person. I can't recommend this item at all. I would go with a family plan phone and restrict the use of the phone. I am very dissapointed and like others that have posted reviews, received NO SATISFACTION from Cingular/Firefly. They've lost a customer for life. Regards, Mark Less
Amazon

Finally switching...

from Amazon
So I bought this phone for my 9 year old because obviously I need keep tabs on her when she's not with me after school or spending the weekends at her dads. I was very opposed to her having a cell phone, seriously, what do kids need phones for? But after this was introduced to me I thought eh...why not...More
So I bought this phone for my 9 year old because obviously I need keep tabs on her when she's not with me after school or spending the weekends at her dads. I was very opposed to her having a cell phone, seriously, what do kids need phones for? But after this was introduced to me I thought eh...why not. I was able to get a sweet deal through my phone service carrier at the time and for the first day or two we were BOTH very happy and excited...but then the troubles started. The voice quality is bad, sometimes I couldn't understand what she was saying even when she was speaking as loud as she could. At times she couldn't hear me even when I was talking as loud as I could. Making a call for ME was at times frustrating because the connection was bad even when the signal appeared to be good...needless to say how many complaints she was making! And maybe 1 out of 5 attemps of me trying to reach her, the call would go through. She got tired of me asking "why do you have your phone off?" of course all she needed to tell me was "it's my phone mom!" So now I have the opportunity to upgrade and I'm taking it...yes I liked the features, simple 5 keys, kid friendly and safe but it's essential use was easy phone communication which we didn't really get. on the upside...my at&t plan is awesome because of the mobile to mobile minutes and rollover minutes. =) Less
Amazon

Awful Service

from Amazon
FIREFLY OFFERS THE WORST SERVICE EVER. I CALLED THEM TO ALTER OUR SERVICE ANDWAS KEPT ON HOLD FOR OVER 45 MINUTES, NO ONE EVER ANSWERED. IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT ON THE WEBSITE. THE PHONE FOR 45 MINUTES WITHOUT ANYONE RESPONDING. I ADVISE ANYONE AGAINST USE OF THIS PHONE.

Ze

We bought your phone just 8 days ago, very disappointed, the phone authomatically shut down even it is not battery low need to recharge and on again the next day since it became ok the next day we didnt return it back then day after the power button stock up when we bring it back the sales person said we have to pay for the parts, is it? Where is the warranty?

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