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Phonebloks, the mobile phone for the future?
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A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it's often just one part which killed it we throw everything away since it's almost impossible to repair or upgrade. This is a new concept for mobile devices that may change all that: a phone designed to last. You can fix it or upgrade it, but you don't need to through it away and buy another one. That will help your budget and also help the environment.

A great idea that may come true with your support. Visit Phonebloks Project to show your support and raise your voice.

Remember: October 29th!

Everyday we throw away millions of electronic devices, because they get old and become worn out. But usually it's only one of the components that causes the problem. The rest of the device works fine but is needlessly thrown away. Simply because electronic devices are not designed to last. This makes electronic waste one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. And our phone is one of the biggest causes.

So this is a new kind of phone. It's made of blocks. Detachable blocks. They're all connected to the base, and the base connects everything together. Electrical signals are transferred through the pins, and two small screws lock everything in place. So if for instance your phone is getting a little slow, you could just upgrade the block that affects the speed. Or if something breaks you can easily replace it with a new one, or update it with the latest version.

Another great thing about this is you can customize your phone. So let’s say this is your phone and you do everything in the cloud. Why not replace your storage block for a bigger battery block. If you are like this guy and love to take pictures, why not upgrade your camera? Or if you don't care about any of this stuff you can keep it simple a get a bigger speaker. You can choose the blocks you want, support the brands you like, or even develop your own blocks. Phonebloks is built on a open platform where companies work together to create the best phone in the world.

To set up this platform we need to get the right companies and the right people involved. They will only get started if there is a lot interest in a phone worth keeping. So this is the plan.

To show them there is a interest for this phone we need your voice. You can donate your social reach on the website. We gather as much people as possible. On the 29th of October we send out the blast. All at the same time. Spreading all your voices, to show the world, there is a need for a phone worth keeping. The more people involved, the bigger the impact.

Please visit to raise your voice and spread the word.

Phonebloks, a phone worth keeping.

DEVICES= A device is a machine or tool made for a specific task.

WORN OUT= If something is worn out, it is broken or not in a good condition anymore because it has been used a lot.

COMPONENTS= A component is each of the parts of a machinery.

NEEDLESSLY= Without necessity.

TO LAST= To have duration.
- The trip to Salamanca by car lasts 7 hours. By plain it lasts less than 1 hour.
- How long does this movie last? – It lasts 98 minutes.

WASTE= Garbage (AmE), rubbish (BrE).

STREAMS= A stream is something flowing, moving or growing in size non-stop.

DETACHABLE= Which can be separated.

PINS= (electronics) A lead on a device that plugs into a socket to connect the device to a system. (see picture)

SCREWS= (see picture)

LOCK= Fasten; keep closed or secured so that it won’t open, move or fall loose.

UPGRADE= Change for/into a better version.

UPDATE= To get the latest version, the most recent version.

CUSTOMIZE= Change it according to your personal wishes to make it better suit your needs or likes.

LET’S SAY...= For example, imagine this situation.
- Let’s say Peter gets ill, what would you do there? (= imagine Peter gets ill / what if Peter gets ill?)

THE CLOUD= (Internet) A virtual place on the Internet where you can keep data and also operate with software, as opposed to having and doing things in your own computer. For example, you can keep your files in your computer or you can upload them to the Cloud, having your videos on YouTube, your pictures on Flikr, your documents on Google Drive, your mail on Hotmail, and you can install MS Word in your computer and use it there, or you can use the online version and use the programme on the Internet, so you are using the Cloud for data and services.

STORAGE= A place to keep things (in this case information and files).

GUY (coll. esp. AmE)= Man. (plural) GUYS= men / people. (coll. AmE) YOU GUYS= the plural form of YOU.

STUFF= (coll.) Things.

SPEAKER= (electronics) Also Loudspeaker. A device that converts electric signals to audible sound (see picture)

INVOLVED= If you are involved in something, you are connected to it in some way, either because you participate in it or are affected by it or have a particular interest in it.

GET STARTED= Start, begin (especially because of an external motivation).

WORTH KEEPING= If something is worth doing, it is a good idea to do it because the resulting benefits will compensate for the trouble, so the final balance is positive. WORTH is followed by –ING:
- It’s not worth talking to her, she never listens.
- It took me five years to build, but it was worth doing, it’s the house of my dreams!

SOCIAL REACH= (Internet) If you are in a social network, such as Facebook or Twitter, your social reach is the amount of people who can read your posts (your messages there).

GATHER= Collect, put together.

AS MUCH PEOPLE= The word “people” is the irregular plural of “person” (one person, two people), so it is countable and it should be “as many people”, but here the speaker is thinking of “people” as a mass, a quantity, which is probably not very nice of him, but that’s why he said “as much”.

BLAST= Explosion (especially the sound made by the explosion). In this context he is talking about all the people posting a message at the same time, so on the Internet that would be like an explosion of data.

SPREADING= To spread something is to extend it through an area or even everywhere.

RAISE YOUR VOICE= Fight for your rights, ideas or wishes.

SPREAD THE WORD= Tell other people about it so more people get the news.

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