There’s a new mobile device in town called SpareOne. You can’t charge with this phone, because it doesn’t have any ports in it, and the phone has no screen.
Sounds ridiculous? Well, SpareOne is a mobile device intended for use during emergency situations, including during natural disaster events. The phone runs on a replaceable AA battery that gives you access to talk time that can last for 10 hours.
Despite its limited functionalities and features, it has everything that you need during emergencies. It has a keypad, a simple volume control, two buttons to dial or hang up, and a button that allows you to instantly make emergency calls to your local authorities. As an added feature, it has a tiny flashlight.
The phone is currently being displayed in Taiwan, where the Computex exhibition is running for this week. The phone apparently tops the ease of use department, and is so light and fits well into your suitcase or backpack. In particular, it weighs 75 grams and is 120 mm x 60 mm in size.
In this case, batteries ARE included for the SpareOne; an AA Energizer lithium battery comes with the phone. The firm responsible for creating this device says you can use other batteries, but shelf and talk time will be lesser.
The phone is developed by a TennRich International subsidiary, a producer of rechargeable batteries and electronics components based in Taiwan. During its first month of release in the United States last April, the company sold 2,000 units worth 70 dollars. Because of its success, the company is planning to make the phone available in Europe and Asia as well.