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With all of these new iOS 8 keyboards now available, there is just too much fun to be had. You can translate text with Slated, code with UniChar Picker, and use ScribbleBoard because drawing is more fun than typing. It just keeps getting better. Now, the trend is for keyboards for fat fingers.

Type Nine is a big keys keyboard for those extra thick digits. Only unlike apps like Thick Buttons, this one harkens back to before there were such a thing as keypads for smartphones. So, all you old school flip phone typers will enjoy some retro texting.

The app features a 12 key typing pad with the numbers zero through nine. Each number has a list of letters below it exactly like the way your flip phone was in 1998. Luckily, you don’t have to go through the same actions to type the letter you want.

To start with, you can simply begin typing. The predictive feature will guess your word and correct itself as you type. So, if you are typing any word that already exists in your language, it will probably get it right, or offer you two other words that you could have meant.

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If you want to select a specific letter, you can still do so by holding the key down and dragging your finger upward. For example, if you want to select the letter “D,” hold down the number 3 and drag upward. Then, with your finger still on the screen, move over to the letter to select it (there will be multiple options, including upper and lower cases).

To access additional symbols, like an exclamation point or a small selection of emoticons, drag your finger upward from the zero, which also doubles as the space bar. You can delete single letters or an entire word by dragging your finger up from the delete key.

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My favorite part of this app is that you can move the cursor by holding your finger down on the zero key and dragging your finger left or right. More keyboards need this option. Another great aspect to this third-party keyboard is that you don’t have to allow full access in order for it to work.

This app is not for everyone. If you aren’t used to that old-school T9 style of typing, you probably won’t appreciate the concept here. However, anyone that used a Nokia, Siemens, or Ericsson at the turn of the century will feel right at home here.

Type Nine is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $0.99. Download it in the App Store today.

What do you think of this retro T9 style keyboard app? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    If anyone wanted this, they would disregard buying a smartphone and stick to a Motorola flip.

    • Sun-Gun-bun-bun

      or, you know, people have different opinions than yours.

    • DIesel

      I feel like it’d be kind of easier to type without looking at the phone, that’s what I miss about physical buttons anyway..

  • VictorMartino

    Stupidest idea ever.

  • Midyro

    Funny idea but Nah

  • asdlb4

    Finally…everything I used to hate about texting…on an iPhone!

  • JulianZH

    the good old T9 haha

  • Diego Milano

    This would probably be way too useful for old people who were never really able to get used to having the “tiny keyboard” in the first place! Nice move!

  • Julio M.

    This keyboard should be free, it’s not even useful. Just a little fun to remember, then uninstall..

  • Okitavio

    Well, I’m still using T9 on my Nokia today. My humble iPod touch can’t replace it unfortunately 🙁

  • Tyler Smith

    I find this as kind of a funny idea. buy it place it on your phone and give someone your phone and they will be like.. what? lol sounds like something i would do.

  • GzyOnline

    OMG.. this is too cute 😛

  • ready1take1

    Why in the hell would someone make this tweak and why would iDB waste time to post about it? Jeff just said in their last LetsTalkJailbreak that there are certain tweaks iDB wouldn’t bother posting about. I would think that this would be one of them.

    • This is an App Store app. Not a tweak.

      • ready1take1

        ah okay, sorry Sebastien…you are my leader.

      • RarestName

        It’s also a native option for the Chinese Pinyin keyboard 🙂


  • Aaron

    I have been dying for a t9 keyboard on my iPhone for two years now. I’m actually typing this comment using type nine. I find it to be faster most of the time.

    • BeK

      You are right. It is faster most of the time.

  • MacLvr

    I was always surprised Apple never offered this as an option just for the heck of it. For example the Korean keyboard has two options.
    A regular keyboard and one that looks likeT9 so why not have the option in English?

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  • iRy757

    This is actually a pretty good keyboard. I forgot how quick it used to be to text. Yeah it’s cool to have a full keyboard but think about all the unnecessary thumb movements you’re making. The reason this is cool is because the predictive text works so much better now, before if you had to hit a key that had the same letters in the word you’re typing on it you would have to wait or use the directional pad. Now, everything is recognized and put together automatically. I’ll be using this keyboard for sure.

  • redjazon

    This is actually good for one hand typing. It’s like nokia’s old physical keypad right? I’m gonna give it a try.

  • Inseltraeumer

    Why “like it was 1998”? I remember texting like that up until my first iPhone in 2007 😛

  • Gilbert Gonzalez

    Although you shouldn’t text and drive we all do it anyway… But this app will make it easier typing with one hand while keeping your eyes on the road.

  • mark

    It doesn’t work just like the traditional keyboard though… You just have to press the key once even if it is the third character on the key, press the next key and hope that the word will come up on the screen.