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

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.

<p>Hey,</p><p>can you guys tell me, how i connect the groove rtc with the arduino,</p><p>because there is no pin at the arduino.</p><p>second the code will always give me a error.</p><p>What do i have to do ?</p>
<p>hi, you need to solder it to the i2c pin, and vcc, gnd. because there's no grove connector on Arduino.</p>
<p>can you also help me with the code?</p><p>do i have to connect all that stuff first? or can i just load it onto the arduino?</p><p>and do i have do have the sim card in before? cause i dont have one yet</p>
<p>Can someone tell me which pins we have to plug the RTC and the power jack into and if we have to use jumper wires. If not, please tell me which wire to use.</p><p>And another thing, what is the size of the space left for the TFT touch shield on the original ArduinoPhine 3D Shell? ( stl files found on github)</p><p>Thanks, Samyak</p>
Deez nuts, gotti
<p>thanks for your concine to improved the world of electronics.</p>
<p>Ok I cant seem to get SMS receiving to work</p><p>I followed DJcoco15's advice</p><p>However I am not using RTC, is that the problem?</p><p><a href="https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=339531.new#new" rel="nofollow">https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=339531.new#new</a></p>
<p>So he was right change the jumpers and make sure you change the tft library to tftv2 and change tft.init to tft.TFTinit</p><p>Btw i changed some aspects and srry for thebad spelling</p>
what's the possibility of using the code from this project for text messaging and the swipe UI, and adding it to this one? https://learn.adafruit.com/arduin-o-phone-arduino-powered-diy-cellphone/overview
These two projects need to be combined. the New Fona Shield from Adafruit is perfect but their project is just for calls and doesn't include text. <br>https://learn.adafruit.com/arduin-o-phone-arduino-powered-diy-cellphone/overview
<p>Can i use a sainsmart 3.2 TFT for this?</p><p>http://www.sainsmart.com/sainsmart-3-2-tft-lcd-display-tft-lcd-adjustable-shield-for-arduino-due-plug.html</p>
No because the dimensions are off it has to be adjusted or you need the right size
<p>Try use this smart TFT !! It will never be so easy to build your phone UI: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nextion-a-cost-effective-high-performance-tft-hmi/x/4283045</p>
<p>well the screen might notbe centered and im currently investigating parts</p>
<p>Great work.</p>
<p>Great project, did you experiment with different types of touchscreen?</p>
<p>gud collection</p>
<p>sweet i make it</p>
<p>Here is a new UART TFT LCD, it support the WYSIWYG editor to build your UI in PC and download it via USB. It can be control by Arduino via UART, so just use the Serial.print() you can make it display many images. And do't worry about the font ! You can build it yourself and download to the TFT LCD.</p><p>Its indigogo page here with detailed in introduce:Amazing price!! 10USD 2.4&quot; with free shipping.....</p><p><a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nextion-a-cost-effective-high-performance-tft-hmi/x/4283045" rel="nofollow">https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nextion-a-cost-...</a></p><p>Here is 2 blogs about using the Arduino to build the UI tutorial:</p><p><a href="http://blog.iteadstudio.com/product-preview-nextion-in-an-arduino-project-2/" rel="nofollow">http://blog.iteadstudio.com/product-preview-nextio...</a></p><p><a href="http://blog.iteadstudio.com/product-preview-nextion-in-an-arduino-project-3/" rel="nofollow">http://blog.iteadstudio.com/product-preview-nextio...</a></p>
<p>hey guys and gals, I might have figured a way to add camera and calculators to this project also soon I might also make an updated tutorial on this project becuase I have found alot of errors in his project so those to be coming soon also I am working on an app screen and email aswell as the use of more inexpensive parts and video calling like skype but stay tuned to new code being uploaded</p>
<p>Awesome project. Want to make my own, but here I can't find material I need.</p>
Hey holidayy could u send me the code I got the calling to work and texting but it doesn't show the screen when I get the texts or calls yet I know it reviews them because of the fact that it plays a ringtone and it has a sign
<p>Hey DJcoco15,</p><p>could you sent me your things which you used now for building your phone?</p>
<p>hey ForM4iN, the parts i used were very expensive and i hope to research and test other cut rate parts that are much less expensive but here is the current list of parts </p><p>1.TFT v2 seeed screen $20-$65 depending on the places you go you can find it inexpensive but if u go on the website its very expensive I used ebay</p><p>2. GPRS shield v2 seeed $20-$30 ebay</p><p>3. Lipo rider - seeed studio $8-10 only ont the website and ebay</p><p>4. Groove RTC -$7 seeed studio</p><p>5. cr 1225 and cr1220 batteries. 2-10 depends onhow much u get</p><p>lipo baterry 3.4 v i belive 2000 mah ill confirm with you on that. but you will need current - 10 bucks </p><p>solder u shuld havethis</p><p>switches </p><p>3d printed or any kind of case</p><p>arduino uno</p><p>**** important******</p><p>this phone will work with any normal sized sim card no mini or nicro or any of that only normal and it needs to run on a gprs or gsm runned network i used AT&amp;T you can get one for 10 with a contract </p><p>extra battery packs for current or 9v clip</p><p>I believe this is all ill gt back to u if i remember anything else</p>
<p>I am a german student at the gymnasium(academic high school).</p><p>I have to do a seminar thesis and there for i want to use the arduino phone.</p><p>Also i love to make something out of anything so :)</p><p>I have a sponsor so the money is fine.</p><p>So i want to do it good and thats why i ask you :)</p><p>Maybe you could sent me your code too somehow.</p><p>I also got a 3D-printer for the case.</p><p>But for now i really thank you!</p>
So I got it working texting can get buggy though
<p>I have also had issues with the texting. I've had texts that don't send OR recieve and reading the texts is not reliable. You sometimes have to scroll back and forth to be able to read them. I like how you changed the colors. I have yet to get the RTC to work or the li-po rider. I really want to use the built in RTC on the GPRS module but can't seem to get it set. The li-po rider isn't outputting enough voltage. But these are minor items.</p>
And regarding your gprs shield there are 4 gold circles these are the same as the rtc I will send the picture
Hey holiday I too had that problem with the lipo rider and I decided to use an extra 4-aa battery pack I might use rechargeable a for that but I used both at the same time and it worked well
Also the rtc I got soldered and it says 00:00 and it doesn't count so I'm working on that I'll get back to u if I get it working but also I've been thinking on adding applications such as the paint example and a calculator so if I get that working I'll give u that code aswell
And if u would like me to show you how I changed the colors I can show you
And with texting I have an external extra phone I used to activate the sim and I found that if they don't go through just delete the messages on the other phone because the problem is that there might be too much texts too handle at a time
<p>great idea</p>
<p>great idea</p>
Here's mine. I had to adjust the code for the newer models of GPRS shield and TFT display. Make sure the jumpers on GPRS shield are set to hardware serial.
<p>I have it built. I have solved the problem with using the 2.0 TFT. My SIM card is activated. It won't make or recieve calls or texts. Looking at the code, it does not appear to include either the GSM or GPRS libraries. How can it make calls???? I've dumped over $100 into this only to have it NOT WORK! Has ANYONE gotten this fully functional in the US?</p>
<p>I also have this problem, I can not make calls or send text. The ArduinoPhone receive call but I can not accept it because the UI for receive call is not showing. Any idea how to solve this problem? </p>
<p>I got it working tonight! Switch the jumpers of your GPRS card to hardware serial instead of software serial and all of a sudden....It works!</p>
I think the problem is in the AT commands. This project was developed in China which uses a different AT code than North America. Going to work on it this weekend and see if i can get it working. If I can, I'll post the corrected code for North America
if you are receiving calls, you are better off than me. Mine will not send or receive calls or text. I'm really irritated by the fact that it seems to be more of an instructable on 3D printing the case. Very little instruction on the actual device. Also, i purchased the li-po charger and it only outputs 2.6v off the USB when running on battery power. The link for &quot;more information&quot; is just another web page with the EXACT SAME information. Very irritating.
<p>I have built an Arduino cell phone using a T-Mobile SIM here in the U.S. It is primarily used for receiving text messages to trigger a servo motor but it can also make and receive calls. You can download the Arduino code here. The only issue you may run into is I have not had time to port the code to the latest Arduino dev environment so this code uses the Arduino 0022 release. Here is the code address: </p><p><a href="http://www.superlab.tv/arduino_cellphone_code.txt" rel="nofollow">http://www.superlab.tv/arduino_cellphone_code.txt</a></p>
<p>useful information</p>
<p>Is the chipset Android compatible? Even if it were only able to run Android 2.3 or something, that would still be awesome! How thin a device could you make with this? I would like to make an Android wrist-band GSM phone with this same 2.8&quot; screen. Adding in GPS and WiFi would be great. Is it necessary to be Arduino-literate? Are there alternative methods to, say, flash an Android OS onto the chip with a PC?</p>
<p>great one;</p>
<p>very nice:)</p>
<p>Where do i place the arduinophone.in file? After installing the other libraries in the proper arduino library folder and restarting. I'm getting this error:</p><p>'Tft' was not declared in this scope<br>Pls let me know what i'm missing. Great project. Btw</p>
<p>This gives some ideas to other projects! Thanks and nice work! :)</p>
<p>It is very great project.</p><p>I want to make a your project but dont understand codes.</p><p>If the next sentence description of your code if you could write?</p>
<p>very nice! you could add a camera... there are 5 MP camera modules around at $25.99</p>

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