The SpareOne Emergency Phone is a dead-simple GSM cell that draws its power from a single AA battery, meaning that it should be good to go in any situation, assuming you can find a battery — and the cell towers are working. Other features include one-button emergency dialing even without a SIM card, the ability to be geo-located in an emergency, 9 speed dial buttons, and a built-in LED torch light.
This $99 phone operates without a SIM card and works as long as it’s remotely near a GSM cell tower. It’s waterproof and extreme weather-resistant, holds a charge for 15 years, has one-button emergency dialing, lets you talk uninterrupted for 10 hours, and comes with a built-in LED torchlight. Oh, one more thing — it runs on a single AA battery. Future Hurricane Sandys have just gotten a little less terrifying. If anyone is wondering about the price, it’s $99.99 direct. The phone itself is emergency red and white in a traditional candy bar form factor. The buttons are oversized and wide spaced for easy use. Between the standard green and red buttons is a giant button for emergency calls with an emergency cross on it. It has NO LCD screen whatsoever. In its place are a transparent window and a pair of multi-color LED lights for signal and battery life.
In Europe and elsewhere, where there is no GSM/CDMA divide, it’ll work just fine. This phone would also be a prime device for some sort of prepaid version should XPAL and a carrier partner want to go that direction. It’s a Lithium AA of course. I take that back; it’ll take standard alkaline and rechargeables as well, but XPAL highly recommends the lithium. They claim it’ll last you 15 years if you don’t use it, 10 hours of talktime, and 24 hours of the flashlight. In other words, it’ll work when you need it to. That theme is also backed up by the -22 to +140F (-30 to 60C) operating range and the double-sealed resealable waterproof bag it comes in. Also, while this phone might be light, its plastic seems durable. Under the rear panel, you have access to the GSM SIM, the battery, and a SIM holder that normally has a MicroSIM adapter. It also comes with an iPhone SIM removal tool on the backplate itself. As for the GSM radio, this phone comes in two flavors, 850/1900 for North, Central, and the Pacific side of South America. The other version is 900/1800 for everywhere else, save Japan and South Korea. They are uninvited to this party. Hopefully at some future iteration, this will come in a single version with a quad band radio.
Yes…Some kinds of people are very interested on this devise while news at Mobile World Congress. As on emergency part it has a freedom to do more as more its is simple. This feature will brings ordinary people’s smiles….