We have two different types of GSM modules & shields under the FONA brand name. The FONA 800 (GSM/GPRS)

and the FONA 808 (GSM/GPRS + GPS too)

Here's the key similarities

  • Both have a 2G GSM/GPRS cellular core
  • Both can do voice, data, text
  • Both require a LiPoly battery and GSM antenna
  • Both can use a 3.5mm headset
  • Both recharge over the microUSB jack
  • Both have a buzzer driver

Here's key differences

  • Size: the SIM808 based FONA breakout is larger. Shields are the same size
  • The 808 has a GPS module integrated as well
  • The 800 has external 8 ohm speaker driver (external audio) whereas the 808 has only headset audio and 32 ohm speaker driver
  • The 800 has an FM tuner for listening to radio

This guide was first published on Jul 02, 2014. It was last updated on Feb 10, 2016.

This page (FONA 808 vs FONA 800) was last updated on May 29, 2015.

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