The idea of a modular phone may still sound crazy to some, but many smartphone users are familiar with the concept mostly because of the publicity surrounding Google’s Ara Project. Google, however, is not the only company that had this idea. A small and relatively unknown manufacturer Fonkraft made us believe that it could release a modular phone before Google. The project looked promising but it seems like it was too good to be true. Somewhere along the way something went wrong and the Modular Android Phone project has been suspended by Indiegogo.
Modular Android Phone project that raised attention of Trust and Safety Team
Being a small company, Fonkraft obvisouly didn’t have enough money to make the phone so it opted for crowd-funding. The company hoped to raise $50,000 through Indiegogo but the project is nowhere to be found on the website. It simply disappeared. It appears that project was flagged by the site’s Trust and Safety Team for failing to meet its standards. Supporters who donated funds won’t lose any money as it already has been returned according to a letter from the crowd-funding site obtained by Modular Android.
Fonkraft had big ambitions. The company wanted to release four models of its modular phone – the Fonkraft Pilot, Fonkraft Resolution, Fonkraft HiFi and Fonkraft Elements, each one focusing on a different feature. The first three models were to come with preset configuration of specs. The Elements was the one that was supposed to offer full customization. Fonkraft wanted to deliver the model with all the components available, this way allowing users to build their own super-phone. Wanted but won’t, at least not in the near future.
What happened to the project is a big mystery. Indiegogo didn’t provide basically any explanation and Fonkraft is silent as well. The first thing that comes to mind is a scam, especially since $50,000 doesn’t sound like enough money to make a modular smartphone. But then again, you never know. It’s also unclear whether the project was cancelled for good or just postponed for later. Whatever the case, it looks like our best chance to get our hands on a modular handset is still Google’s Ara Project.