My elderly, in-house relation doesn’t get on with the touch screen of his new smart-phone. He asked me about a flip-phone he’d seen advertised that had WhatsApp, which is the reason he got the smart phone. I told him, I had my doubts because I couldn’t imagine Android would be much fun with a phone keypad and I’d never seen one. I said he needed to make sure it ran Android.
I’ve been away for a long weekend, so he bought one. It’s a surprisingly interesting bit of kit: a Doro 7060 https://www.doro.com/en-gb/shop/mobile-devices/smart-phones/doro-7060/, running KaiOS v2.5. £99 in Argos. It is a flip ‘feature’ phone. It doesn’t run Android and it IS being advertised as having Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Only the last part is a lie. It’s ‘coming real soon’ and was in March too. It’s just gone back to Argos.
Now the good part: while I’ve been watching Jolla and the Sailfish OS, https://www.kaiostech.com/ have brought out a new ‘third way’ that’s getting some traction in emerging markets https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KaiOS. It’s come out of the follow-up to Mozilla OS and Boot-to-Gecko FOSS project but is ‘closed source’ but there is a web-only phone development platform for users with very low expectations https://developer.kaiostech.com/
However, it and a couple of others meet my need for a ‘Jeans pocket’ phone that isn’t worth stealing and provides a 4G WiFi router for a bigger device and some of them do have WhatsApp voice https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/22/20703872/whatsapp-kaios-nokia-8110-jio-phone-feature-phones
The Nokia is £40 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nokia-8110-4G-Single-Sim-Black/dp/B07FY7HRHF/ref=pd_sbs_107_2/259-2945324-9743859?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07FY7HRHF&pd_rd_r=bfee59ad-8616-40f4-b9c1-9e166455d3e9&pd_rd_w=WKntB&pd_rd_wg=CxSf2&pf_rd_p=15756fbb-4ceb-4379-9d2c-7af36daab01e&pf_rd_r=HQRAYEF3WZAX1JY7Z4WT&psc=1&refRID=HQRAYEF3WZAX1JY7Z4WT