Adafruit FONA 808 Shield – Mini Cellular GSM GPS for Arduino

Adafruit FONA 808 Shield – Mini Cellular GSM GPS for Arduino


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Shield per Arduino UNO con cellulare GSM/GPRS Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz e GPS integrato, grazie al modulo SIM808. Utilizza una SIM 2G (quella classica). Per funzionare ha bisogno anche di una batteria al Litio da almeno 500mAh, di un?antenna GSM con connettore u.FL (oppure di un adattatore u.FL/SMA e di un?antenna SMA) e di un?antenna GPS passiva esterna. La scheda è in grado di ricaricare la batteria tramite l?Arduino, basta posizionare l?interruttore su CHRG durante la ricarica. Ne abbiamo anche una versione senza GPS o in formato breakout.

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Cellular + GPS tracking, all in one, for your Arduino? Oh yes! Introducing Adafruit FONA 808 GSM + GPS Shield, an all-in-one cellular phone module with that lets you add location-tracking, voice, text, SMS and data to your project, in Arduino shield format for easy use.

If you want a version without GPS, check out the FONA 800 Shield here.

If you don't need the shield format, we also have this is a petite breakout here.

If you just want a plain FONA, click here.

This shield fits right over your Arduino or compatible. At the heart is a powerful GSM cellular module (we use the latest SIM808) with integrated GPS. This module can do just about everything

Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz – connect onto any global GSM network with any 2G SIM (in the USA, T-Mobile is suggested)
Fully-integrated GPS (MT3337 chipset with -165 dBm tracking sensitivity) that can be controlled and query over the same serial port
Make and receive voice calls using a headset or an external 32? speaker + electret microphone
Send and receive SMS messages
Send and receive GPRS data (TCP/IP, HTTP, etc.)
PWM/Buzzer vibrational motor control
AT command interface with “auto baud” detection

Here's the GPS specifications:

22 tracking /66 acquisition channels
GPS L1 C/A code
Tracking: -165 dBm
Cold starts : -148 dBm
Cold starts: 32s (typ.)
Hot starts: 1s (typ.)
Warm starts: 5s (typ.)
Accuracy: approx 2.5 meters

Sounds delicious, right? So we plated this fine module onto a shield with all the extras you need to make your next project shine

Onboard LiPoly battery charging circuitry so you can take your project on the go. Use any 500mAh+ LiPoly or LiIon battery and recharge via the Arduino when necessary. Two LEDs let you know when its charging and done. You can then flip the switch and use the battery to run your circuit!
Standard 4-pole TRRS headphone jack. Use any 'Android' or 'iPhone'-compatible headset with mic
Breakouts for external 32? speaker and electret mic if you don't want to use a headphone
Level shifting circuitry to make it Arduino-safe
Vibrational motor (buzzer) driver so you can have noiseless notifications
uFL connection for external passive GPS & external GSM antenna
Indicator LEDs for power and network connectivity
Any standard 2G SIM slides into a secure connector

On its own, this shield can't do anything. It requires a microcontroller like an Arduino to drive it!  You will also need some required accessories to make FONA work. These are not included!

SIM Card! A 2G Mini SIM card is required to do anything on the cellular network. US AT&T no longer sells 2G SIMs and will shut off their 2G network, so for American customers we recommend any T-Mobile or reseller (TING, SIMPLE mobile, etc) that uses the T-Mobile network.
Lipoly Battery – 500mAh or larger! This 500mAh battery, or this 1200mAh will work great.
External GSM Antenna – This slim uFL antenna works great!
External Passive GPS Antenna – This 15mm passive antenna works great!

Each order comes with one tested and assembled FONA shield and a stick of 0.1″ male header. Required Arduino, SIM card, battery, antenna and other accessories are not included! Some light soldering is required to put the headers onto the shield. You can also grab some stacking headers if you would like to stack a shield on top

There's also some recommended accessories. They are not required but chances are you'll want them!

TRRS 4-Pole Headset – Any 'iPhone' or 'Android' compatible (but not iPhone original) should work. We tried about 10 different ones, and basically the more expensive once are more comfortable and louder but our official iPhone headset mic did not work.
External Mic & Speaker – If you want to talk directly to your FONA, an electret mic and mini 8 ohm speaker will do quite nicely.
Vibrating motor – the FONA can drive this directly, just solder a mini vibrating motor disc in!

Check out our great tutorial for code, wiring diagrams, schematics, datasheets and more!

Revision History

As of August 26, 2015 we are shipping with the version 2 SIM808 module which has a slightly different GPS command naming system (AT+CGNS rather then AT+CGPS), and a newer GPS chipset (MT3337 not MT3336)


SIM808 Hardware design
SIM800 Command Manual – All the basic commands that the module supports (please note some are not supported by the FONA 808, such as FM radio, external audio, or bluetooth)
SIM808 Specifications
SIM808 v1 GPS AT commands
SIM808 v2 GPS AT commands
SIM800 TCP/IP App Note (specifics on TCP/IP GPRS)
SIM800 FM Radio details
SIM800 IP (FTP & HTTP) support specifics
SIM800 E-mail support specifics
SIM800 MMS (multimedia message) support specifics

Product Dimensions: 69.0mm x 54.0mm x 4.0mm / 2.7″ x 2.1″ x 0.2″

Product Weight: 19.0g/0.7oz
Adafruit FONA 808 Cellular + GPS Shield for Arduino

Additional information

Weight 0,05 kg
Dimensions 5 × 1 × 3 cm