Nowadays, you can just walk into any Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and/or Verizon store and pick up a cell phone for free — or just on the cheap, at the very least –, however, if you’re more of the do-it-yourself, gadget-tinkerer type of person and wish to just build your own, then DIYer David Hunt has just the pet project for you. Hunt himself used everyone’s favorite tech project device, the Raspberry Pi, to build his own phone, and he’ll show you how to do it too!
Hunt’s PiPhone (very clever) build costs roughly $158, which means that’s it’s still less expensive to buy a phone off the shelf. However, this custom phone is just that; fully customizable to whatever your heart’s desire and to your liking. The device uses a touch screen, a Raspberry Pi, a GSM/GPRS module, and a few other extra essential parts. Word for the wise: it’d be best to build a case for it if you intend on actually using it. Bottom line, if you’re in the mood to get your hands dirty (and avoid electrocution) to create your own cell phone, this is quite the solid strategy to put that plan into action.