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Firefly Phones

Posted in Phones by Danielle on November 25th, 2005.

Firefly phones seem to be popular with both parents and children this Christmas.

The Firefly, aimed at children 8-12 years of age, boasts of many safety features. There are 2 hotkeys that call either parent (so called the “mom key” or “dad key”) at the press of the button, and parents can program phone numbers into the password protected phone book. Another useful safety feature is the emergency buttton, which dials 911 after being held down for 3 seconds. Parents also have the option to block all incoming phone calls that are not in the approved phonebook. Accessories, such as the neon coloured firefly shells, are also avaliable for purchase for $12.99.

The Firefly Phone has won the 2006 ‘Best of Innovations’ Award in the telephone category from the Consumer Electronics Association. Currently, Firefly phones are $49.99 through Cingular Wireless.

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43 Responses to 'Firefly Phones'

  1. Clive said:

    on November 25th, 2005 at 4:26 pm

    My kids love the FireFly phone, it’s also handy for my husband and I because our twin boys can call us when plans change (as they so often do). What a great idea!

  2. Keri said:

    on December 1st, 2005 at 5:09 pm

    Are these available in Iowa?

  3. Danielle said:

    on December 1st, 2005 at 9:43 pm

    Check if Cingular Wireless covers your area by entering your ZIP code here: www.cingular.com/refresh/common/estore_zipcode_maps

  4. zachary lit said:

    on December 6th, 2005 at 8:08 pm

    i no that the firefly is probably the safest ill get to a cell phone and the closet ill get to my mom and dad saying yes is them saying maybe then no.I wish that my parents would just get it threw their heads that im a big boy now and need big boy toys!

  5. luna said:

    on December 12th, 2005 at 6:52 pm

    i think its very cute
    its the same thing as a cell phone so why the big deal
    i love mine and i will always have it
    by the way i am 16 and i got it my self its do damn cute

  6. Kellie Ann said:

    on December 22nd, 2005 at 8:18 pm

    ahh i hate this phone… there is no text messaging… no games… so hard to program… no voice mail…. im too old for this and i just got it for an early holiday present… this sucks…

  7. cathy said:

    on February 12th, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    i think this phone is sooo adorable they have the best accesories. and it is a good idea for little kids they dont need text messaging and stuff like that. i have my own cell phone, so i dont need one but i think my parents should get my little sister one. they are sooooooooo cute! iwish they had these cute accesories for my phone!!

  8. brelynn said:

    on March 11th, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    I think my phone is Cool! I take it everywhere I go. I think every kid should have one. I get to talk to my family and friends that live in a different town than I. I got mine for my 9th birthday. So it is so GREAT to have a Firefly!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. ty said:

    on March 12th, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    The Freakin firefly is not I repeat not a cellphone! Kids need independance hjklhkhjhjkhjhhhhhhhhjlkhhhhhhjklljllllllhhhhhhhhjkl

  10. C. Ford said:

    on April 29th, 2006 at 7:29 am

    My husband and I just purchased 2 Firefly phones for our twin boys for their upcoming 10th birthday. The safety features are awesome, and it is the perfect way for the kids to stay in touch with us. We did some investigation before our purchase, i.e. Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping and other “good sources of unbiased info” and compared to the LG Migo phone, (who I fell is perfect for a 6 or 7 year old) the Firefly allows kids to accept incoming calls from 20 pre-programmed (by their parents and IS password protected) compared to the LG Migo which will only accept 4 pre-programmed incoming calls. 10 year-olds DO NOT need text messaging, email etc. My husband and I will closely monitor these phones, and their use. They are meant for specific times when the kids will be away from us, NOT for everyday use to chat with friends, not text messaging or internet needed.
    I also really like where the emergency 911 button is located on the Firefly compared to the LG Migo. On the Migo, it is located right in the center of the buttons on the faceplate. On the Firefly, it is located on the side of the phone and has to be held down for a at least 3-5 seconds so it is far more unlikely they will push this button “by mistake.” The Firefly is definitely a great purchase for kids 9 – 12 years old. We love them, and so do our twin boys! I would NEVER purchase a child in this age group a regular cell phone with all the unneeded accessories, i.e. Internet and text messaging.
    Great product with outstanding features!

  11. Danielle said:

    on May 1st, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    This phone is the dumest thing you could ever get. That phone is good enough for humping the breasts. Don’t you think.And making you feel so good and high when it happens.

  12. Speedy said:

    on June 14th, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    Boy, I feel sorry for youif your parents tried to pass that hunk of junk off as a PRESENT! Any child over the age of nine deserves better. ‘MY children don’t need a fancy cellphones with those electronic doo-dads. They’ll call their friends, if they have any friends left after being seen with a Firefly”. If your child is under nine, this phone is perfect. But otherwise, you’ll ruin their personal life.
    MIDDLE SCHOOL: Wandlisma: Hey Jay, you’re funny, whats your cell phone number?
    Jay: Oh, it’s 555-555-3424. But I need to talk with my mommy so she can magically put it into my Firefly!
    Wandalisma: Oh, that’s ok, I’ll call you!
    Jay: Nah, it can’t accept any calls from anyone that isn’t on my Address book.
    Wandalisma: Oh, why don’t you just call and ask if we could go to the movies then?
    Jay: Ok, I’ll jsut press the Mommy button!
    Mom: NO, the only girls you’ll ever need are me and your Aunt Johanna!
    Jay: Please??
    Mom: No! You’re only fourteen!!! Now come back to mommy and help me finish the laundry!!!

    This is the future kids will see if they find a Firefly in their stocking. It was overexaggerated, but this is what kids see. TRUST YOUR KIDS, YOU RAISED ‘EM!!!!

  13. ellen said:

    on June 15th, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    hi peeps!
    people who dont have a firefly shut -up!! i dont have one but im not saying **** about it, i think you should just shove all you said about this kids phone up your butt!!!
    its a good phone for kids, so they dont make prank phone calls witch i might do acasanaly but its still stupid and who would buy this for a 14 year old!!!! its for like younger kids!!!
    ok, SHUT-UP, you guys piss me off!!! kids will read this and see all the swear words you wrote, like i just did, im like a little kid compared to most of you and i haate the words you used!!!

  14. mia said:

    on June 19th, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    i think the firefly is good for little kids.Kellie ann by the way you can recieve calls from people that are not on your phone list.Oh yeah jay i called that number and its not yours.the phones acessories are so freakin cool! if you go to www.forefly mobile.com and click on see accessories you will see shells and my favorite is urban camo and polka dots. well thats all i have to say so bye.

  15. Mom said:

    on June 28th, 2006 at 11:04 am

    I purchased 2 Fierfly phones for my 9 year oldes. They are great we all kep in touch and know if plans change!!!

  16. rebecca said:

    on June 30th, 2006 at 12:38 am

    I would like to see the firefly made in a prepaid version my 8 year old doesnt need all the minutes on a family plan

  17. chelsea said:

    on July 16th, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    how do i put numbers into my firefly phone

  18. carson said:

    on July 20th, 2006 at 10:07 am

    yeah you guys need to be quiet cause im 14 excited to get one if i do becuase with my parents its this or nothing

  19. JB said:

    on July 26th, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    ok guys…the stuff you said about that phone is not true!…those mean words about it do not make sense..if you’re under 12..i think it’s the perfect phone for youu…so don’t go begging to your parents for a real phone..i don’t have one yet, but i will be getting one SOON…so i can keep in touch..and it’s not meant to be for fun..but for safety…DUHHHHH

  20. Jill said:

    on July 29th, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    I just bought the Firefly for my daughter’s 9th birthday. It’s a great first phone, and I love the parental controls. I was able to figure out how to hook up voice mail to it too!!! You simply get your carrier’s message retrieval phone number (I did this my just looking at what number I was calling to retrieve my own messages off of my cell) and then program that phone number into your child’s address book. Then call it from the FireFly, and it will automatically take you to voice mail set up. Once in the call you can activate the number keys by clicking on the green phone button (to the left of the address book button) and you’ll see a row of numerals as well as a * and a # option. You do have to scroll back and forth, but it allows you to enter the tones needed to complete the voice mail set up (including recording your busy/away messages) and then be able to retrieve, delete, and save messages. Now the phone doesn’t have a way for you to be notified that you have a voicemail, but it does have a MISSED CALL feature and since the amount of calls they are getting are limited, it’s no big deal to just automatically call your voicemail if you get a missed call notification. My daughter got to record both an away message and a busy message, and has been retrieving her voice mails with no problem. I’m very happy with it.

  21. Mystery said:

    on August 5th, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    This is a good phone what are u stupid people talking about the firefly is cute and adoralble

  22. POOP said:

    on August 6th, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    poooooooooooooooop 444444444444444444

  23. AngelEssence said:

    on August 23rd, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    I just ordered the firefly for my son who will be 8 tomorrow. I think it will be a great starter phone for him. If it doesn’t work out, we do have 30 days to make an exchange for a different phone. By the way, Jill, thanks for that tip on the voicemail. I hadn’t thought of that one. I already have made the list of numbers that I’m going to program in the phone.

  24. Jillin said:

    on September 14th, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    KIDS AGES 11 AND ABOVE GET A REAL PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Kittypie said:

    on September 25th, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    All you stupid little children need to stop posting on the internet and lowering my IQ. Obviously since you don’t need all these “fancy doodads like text messaging and internet” you don’t need a computer, so go outside and play with a rubber ball or something and cry to your imaginary friends about what a mean person I am. Stupid kids.

    Now, cute as this thing is, I personally think it should be for kids who are like…between 5 and 9 years old. By nine, they should be intellegent enough to use an actual cellphone. Although considering how stupid alot of parents are nowadays, I have my doubts. Instead of looking for “childsafe” products like this, parents need to instruct their kids better and not buy them cheap gimmicks to cover their lack of parenting skills. ********.

    Buy the cheapest cellphone you can with very basic features [i.e. voicemail and phone book], teach your kids to dial 911 in cases of emergency, and tell them not to act stupid. Is it really that hard? Then again alot of parents have trouble not acting stupid themselves.

    If your kid is between 5 and 9, this might be a cool gift for them. If they’re any older than that, try being a decent parent instead of giving them a baby toy.

  26. AJK said:

    on October 15th, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    i think these phones are so cute i cant wait untill i get a firefly phone iam only 11 years old ,but ill get one soon! i hope.

  27. ??? said:

    on October 28th, 2006 at 9:53 am

    i think that firefly’s are awesome!!!
    i find that they fit right in your little purse(like us girls have rlly little purses)!
    yea i hope to have one soon!!!

    my wish is to have a good cell (firefly) and it comes from the heart!!!lol

  28. Matteo said:

    on November 18th, 2006 at 7:17 am

    Firefly phone is great for kids and parents! There is Primofonino also, from Vodafone and Disney agreement.

  29. kim said:

    on December 15th, 2006 at 10:14 pm

    I just ordered my chid the firefly for Christmas, she is nine. Yes, my chid is smart and very capiable of working a regular cell phone, God nows she helps me with mine some times. Her phone is a “tester phone” to see how responsible she is with it.(keeping up with it and not going over our min.) If she does good then she can have a new one. I feel like the children that are complaining, their parents were trying to do the same thing and if they read your ugly remarks and nasty word they would probally not only take your phone but your computer too.All of those ugly remarks only shows that your not mature enough for a regular phone!!
    For the people who like it, please let me know where I can get assessories. I am lookig forward to giving it to her – I am sire she will like it!

  30. tina said:

    on December 26th, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    i tink u should get one becuz i have 1 and i got it for christmas and its easy to learn how to use it

  31. wesf said:

    on March 12th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    ooooommmmmgggg this phone is the ugliest phone ever omg!!!!! its like picking a freekin hairless rat with no head over a ipod!!!!

    i have no idea what this is about is there 2 colors!!! or 1!!!!!!! it looks like 1 but who knows…… and even if it had games i wouldnt play them for fear at looking at the phone and burn my eyes out or even if i dont see the pphone id see the 1 color and travel backj in time to 1910 where even theyd laugh at me

  32. .Me. said:

    on March 26th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    I am trying to get my mom to get me one but she says no
    I says for my birthday, its in June, she says maybe. They are so cute and my friend has one. I hope I do get one. I am almost 11 I sayed she say…LET ME THINK… I say I want one for my b-day.

  33. sam said:

    on December 28th, 2007 at 8:22 am

    I have a real cell phone and Im 11 Ive had a real cell phone for about a year now… I saw my best friend with a Firefly and I had to walk the long way home because I didnt want her to see me laughing my *** off!Kids need a social life too BTW!!!

  34. someone from the big ass WORLD LALWLWLWLW said:

    on April 22nd, 2008 at 5:53 am

    I think the firefly is somewhat kiddy to be aimed at children 8 – 12. Sure its good children under 9 years old, but once they are over 9 years old they are going to be teased and what good will that do?

    Also, where would a child under 9 years old be when they were alone? Sure there are those feral kids who run the neighbourhood, but I honestly didn’t think their parents cared about them enough to buy them a phone.

  35. lalahead said:

    on June 16th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    stop putting nasty comments about the firefly i want one cuz i as asked my mom and she said no but my dad said yes so stop it YOUSHIT HEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  36. Grace said:

    on May 7th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I am going to be 16 this year, and my parents think im ready for a cell phone… for my birthday, THIS PHONE.
    I think it is totally UNFAIR and STUPID, because this phone is SUPPOSED to be for KIDS UPTO 12, I am 16!
    O MY GOSH! GET REAL!

  37. Lola said:

    on July 24th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    This phone is amazing! I bought the prepaid version of this phone for my best friend’s 22nd birthday as a second line to take out with her when she drinks. She’s always had a problem of calling and texting ex boyfriends and people she shouldn’t every time she gets inebriated. This phone is a blessing and has saved her from embarrassment and getting into trouble when she goes out. The pre-programmed phone book still allows her to call certain close friends, as well as the local cab company and emergency correspondents should she ever need them. Now she can have worry free fun and still be safe.

  38. kaylee said:

    on August 4th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    i used to have on and i think it was a good idia to give me one i was an explorer and liked to wounder aroud we had almost a hounder acors of land and my dad lived in a tralor park so you could never find me by just walking out side i think all kids should have one especially kids who walk from or to home i think i give them a littal more resoponsablity

  39. kaylee said:

    on August 4th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    ha ha ha i agree with the sam kid i am 11 and i have had a fone since i was in #ed grade pluse i agree with some one from the big a** world cuz when i hade one in 2ed grade i was made fun of al the time cuz every one in my class hade a real fone so it was hell for me

  40. kaylee said:

    on August 4th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    -3ed-

  41. Shockwave said:

    on September 28th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I saw my friend with this phone in elementary school… I mean, it’s probably better targeted at kids age 5-8 instead of 8-12. There are so many restrictions on it, and even Jeff Kinney made fun of it with the “Lady Bug” in his series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. Of course parents love this phone because they can exert iron-fist control over their kids like a dictator. If you are a parent and are thinking about getting this for your kid, please make sure your kid is younger than 9 years old.

  42. Shockwave said:

    on September 28th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    @Lala heads, are you 6 years old? and you are using the S word already? We really need to control cuss words in kindergarten…

  43. Ryan said:

    on October 10th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    It’s stupid I have had a cell since I was in first grade(now I’m in grade 5)and I’ve had an iPhone ever since and just pre-orderd the iPhone 4s,it’s a pretty stupid Phone and it’s not ment for 8-12 it’s ment for 1-3.By the way I’m writing this comment on my iPhone now(iPhone 4)only somebody stupid would actually buy this stupid firefly phone

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