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Above Left: cardboard enclosure by Jeff Warren. Above Right: purpleheart enclosure by Dena Molnar. Below Left: milled enclosure by Yoav Sterman. Below Right: 3D-printed enclosure by Ben Peters.

DIY Cellphone

The DIY Cellphone is a working (albeit basic) cellphone that you can make yourself. It can make and receive phone calls and text messages, store names and phone numbers, and display the time. It builds on the hardware and software in the Arduino GSM Shield but extends it with a full interface, including display, buttons, speaker, microphone, etc. The source files for the cellphone are hosted on GitHub (hardware, software), which also includes an issue list where you can file bug reports or request enhancements.


David A. Mellis & Leah Buechley. 2014. Do-It-Yourself Cellphones: An Investigation into the Possibilities and Limits of High-Tech DIY. In Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI '14).


Wired UK: How to make your own mobile phone by Tom Cheshire (Nov. 12, 2012)

New Scientist: Making your own phone is easier than you might think, Lisa Grossman (Mar. 21, 2013)

ABC News: Make Your Own Cellphone for $120 in Parts, Plus SIM Card: It's Not Rocket Science, Karin Halperin (Apr. 23, 2013)

Hamburger Abendblatt: Handys aus Holz, Stoff und Leder selber bauen (Build cell phones from wood, fabric and leather itself) (Aug. 14, 2014)