Phonebloks would let you upgrade your phone your way

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Upgrading your phone can be a hassle. When things don't go as planned, -- hey, it happens -- important data can be lost.

A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it's often just one part that killed it, we throw everything away because it's almost impossible to repair or upgrade.

But what if cell phones were made to last? What's more, what if they were made to individual specifications? Such a phone would be worth keeping, right?

It's a concept Dutch designer Dave Hakkens would like to see made into reality. He's thought it through and is building online support at He's already started a conversation with a Silicon Valley company.

So, what is Phonebloks?

It's exactly what it sounds like -- a phone made of detachable bloks. Thinks Legos™. The bloks are connected to the base which locks everything together into a solid phone. If a blok breaks you can easily replace it; if it's getting old just upgrade.

It's like an app store for hardware. In the store you buy your bloks, read reviews and sell old bloks. Small and big companies develop and sell their bloks. You can buy a pre-assembled phone or assemble it yourself by selecting the brands you want to support. The choice is yours.

Nearly 1 million people are on board with Phonebloks

3TV's Yetta Gibson asked people what they think of the idea.

A new kind of phone -- one worth keeping