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Phone, internet provider will pay someone $1,000 to use flip phone for a week

Frontier Bundles wants to understand just how much we depend on smartphones these days
A Sanyo Katana flip phone equipped with Global Positioning System navigation programs is photographed in Las Vegas, Sunday, May 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — It's not out of the ordinary for people these days to be attached at the hip to their phones. One phone and internet service provider wants to understand just how much we depend on smartphones these days, and to do that, the company is asking people to do the Flip Phone Challenge.

The challenge from Frontier Bundles involves taking a self-proclaimed smartphone addict and removing the phone from their hands for one week. Instead, they'll be given a flip phone to use for the week. That's right, no portrait mode camera or talk to text; it's back to pixelated images and T9.

Frontier Bundles will choose one lucky winner to take on the challenge and give them $1,000 if they successfully complete it. The ideal candidate is invested in the latest technology and has an active social media presence.

In addition to the $1,000, the winner will get a survival kit to help navigate life without the internet at the tip of their thumbs and ease the hours that can no longer be filled with scrolling through social media.

These are the items included in the kit:

  • A map just in case you need to find your way around without Siri leading the way
  • A pocket phonebook because chances are you don't remember all the numbers saved in your contact list
  • A notepad and pen since the actual notes app is a thing of the future
  • CDs of your favorite '90s jams to fulfill the absence of Apple Music and Spotify

Candidates must be at least 18 years old to participate. There is no drug test or background check required, but participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Apply for the position online by July 1.