Modern smartphones are expensive, relatively fragile and battery-hungry. Consequently, they're pretty much useless in any tough emergency situation. Todd talks to Christian Scheder of SpareOneÂ about their solution to the problem.
The SpareOne emergency phone is a mobile phone that runs off a standard AA battery rather than a rechargeable one more usually found in a mobile phone. While this gives 10 hours of use from a single battery, the benefit in an emergency is that the battery can simply be swapped for another. Further, Energizer Ultimate LithiumÂ AA batteries have a storage life of 15 years so this phone can be stored with batteries for up to 15 years, ready to go.Â The SpareOne is supplied in a waterproof bag that further protects the phone during storage and any wet emergencies.
The phone takes standard GSM SIMs for ordinary calls but the SpareOne can also call the emergency services even without a SIM card. If you are interested, the SpareOne is available now for $99 from the website.
Interview by Todd Cochrane ofÂ Geek News CentralÂ for theÂ TechPodcast Network.