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Combining Arduino and other shield modules, we make a mobile phone named Arduino Phone. Meanwhile, we printed a shell for it with the 3D printer. Although it’s not such fine as you think, even a little bit clunky, it’s still very cool. That is the point this is a cell phone made by ourselves.

While, we can’t install Arduino Phone Apps limited by Arduino. So, if you want to play Angry Birds, then you need to do some big modifications on Arduino Phone. :)

Next, I will make a detailed explanation about the steps of making an Arduino Phone, including the hardware connection and software implementation.

Now, let’s begin.

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Step 1: Preparing stuffs

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At the very beginning, we’d better prepare the materials. Of course, most of these modules can be purchased directly, such as Arduino Uno, TFT Touch Shield and GPRS Shield.

Owning to we want to put our Arduino Phone into a 3D printed shell, and in order to adapt the size of this shell, we have to DIY a charging and discharging PCB board (including two parts) and an expansion PCB board which can connect to the headphone jack of GPRS Shield.

If you want to make a shell by yourself, you can directly take Lipo Rider, or something like this, as the charge sheet. Thus, you do not need to DIY PCB board in order to meet the size of the shell.

What you need:

1.Arduino Uno

2.TFT Touch Shield

3.GPRS Shield


5.Custom ArduinoPhone Charge Circuit (or Lipo Rider)

6.Li-po battery

7.A shell (with 3D printer)

All components at here.

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spanigrahi111 months ago
Hey Buddy.. I absolutely love and appreciated this project you've come up with.

I've used and Arduino UNO rev3 and stacked the GPRS shield v2.0 (By seeedstudio). Everything else is exactly the same way you have shown.

I connect the UNO, it is bring recognized, I upload the code, it gets successfully completed. But for some reason, I always get a constant blank TFT screen instead of a menu..

Any help please ???

I am getting the same problem as well, I have updated the software from Seeed Studio's site and it is still blank and not working at all. Does the ENTIRE circuit need to be complete or can you and everyone else still get the interface and UI regardless?

use the good library, you probably have the v2 of the TFT, just get them from seeed studio site and replace.

A. J.K6 days ago

The code will not upload at all, as is! I get expected primary expression before "." token type of error.

crisyumen16 days ago

wow..! can i have this ? anyone have pdf file of this or anyone can share me this one. for my project using arduino ? pls help me..

SiddheshA16 days ago

Can you please send me the Arduino code needed for this?

Pretty damn impressive.
masterloops1 month ago

Pretty geeky stuff this

KanwarSingh1 month ago

just one word beautiful :)!!!!!!!!

HarryLaine2 months ago

awesome work buddy .........keep it up :)

indiadumbells2 months ago


chatsbk0072 months ago

why not try putting some user friendly and low hardware OS like symbian 40 in the phone....The casing of the phone can be improved......



Xylit0l made it!5 months ago

here is mine.

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nice !

loovee Xylit0l3 months ago

wow... look great!!!

miniscientist2 months ago

coolllll :)))

Briandeano3 months ago

loving this

mp4movies3 months ago

Nice Share

Arghus1 year ago
although a really nice project i fail to really see the need for something like that especially for how low cost some phones are ..
DesertAz Arghus3 months ago

It's a phone that you can add on to the program, add new hardware, and design it how you need it. You could put a Ultrasonic Distance Sensor, and add to the program, and then you would not just have a phone! You'd have a Ultrasonic Tape Measure too!

Arghus DesertAz3 months ago

isn't there an app for that? :)

Some projects are not about cost.
DesertAz3 months ago

Just for confirmation, this does make voice calls right?

Amazing project! But can you use any SIM card? Like from a pay-as-you-go phone?
xiaobo__ (author)  the45furnace1 year ago
Sorry, I don't understand what is "pay-as-you-go phone", :(. But, i use a unlock GPRS sim card.
DesertAz xiaobo__3 months ago

I think he means something like a Tracfone, and i have been wondering this too...

robot7979 months ago
is there a clean version of this code

striped of all touch screen and tft abileties
only real buttons and a lcd screen

i cant seem to filter all that stuff out

DesertAz robot7973 months ago

You will have to just delete everything you can, and put the stuff you need in.

what is the code programed in

Arduino IDE, very easy to learn.

is there any soldering involved?

Yes, but you can buy everything already made from seeed studio, just buy the things included in the list and a on-off switch, and a audio jack for sound and another for the microphone, i would personly just buy a microphone and speaker and solder that in instead.

Rocker5174 months ago

What are the dimensions for this? BTW very nice job. Can't wait for v2.

Towtow105 months ago

Could Someone please tell me were i download the shell case to print and the dimensions to print it.

wliu35 months ago

Will it be better if you use an arduino pro mini?

can u use a re-chargeable battery? if u can plz tell me how and btw great project

Naw, an electrochemical cell emf would be too palpable for a situation like this. Especially since it was depicted in the documentation that you would need some sort of electrical accumulator similar to the one shown in the picture. I like your idea about the new ios, let me know when your done with it!

PowerLion17 months ago

With the popularity of Google Voice, someone should make this using a WiFi module for WiFi calling!

xiaobo__ (author)  PowerLion17 months ago
i no how to make it better. u should make an os like ios and put that on there instead of just calling and texting :)
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