‘Substitute Phone’ Aims To End Smartphone Addiction

Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger is selling a “substitute phone,” a black functionless slab embedded with small beads that users can swipe in place of their actual phone, with the hopes of breaking smartphone addiction. What do you think?

“Nothing can replace my phone’s ability to make me feel like an ugly failure all the time.”

Tracy Newman • Kim Chi Burier


“It’s good to have something to throw in frustration when my real phone is being slow.”

Bryan Letts • Windchime Tuner

“Won’t this just lead to an eventual slab addiction epidemic?”

Luis Marquez • Door Salesman