Yes, you read that right. SpareOne is a mobile phone that can stay alive for fifteen years without requiring a recharge or a battery replacement. Even more astonishingly, SpareOne doesn’t use some fancy new battery technology. It runs off a single AA battery!
SpareOne is positioning itself as backup phone that can come in handy in case of emergencies. Be it something as regular as a critical work related call, or as extreme as getting trapped in a flash flood, SpareOne wants to be the backup option that you can always rely on. Smartphone hardware has improved in leaps and bounds over the past few years. They are infinitely more capable than their predecessors, but they are also more power hungry than ever before. Multi-core smartphones with high speed data connectivity often fail to make it through the day without requiring a recharge. SpareOne attempts to return to the basics to solve this problem.
“SpareOne’s breakthrough technology provides an unprecedented lifeline during dire situations that require an emergency response,” said Alan Cymberknoh, SpareOne Project Director at XPAL Power. “By operating on a single AA battery, SpareOne solves so many daily issues, serving as a simple back-up phone you can carry without worrying whether it’s charged or not. It can be left in a car for emergencies, used by hotels who want to pre-program concierge numbers for guests, passed to your children or parents to maintain an open line of communication – it’s essentially designed to make and receive the most important calls, no matter what.”
In a CES dominated by smartphones and ultrabooks, SpareOne, with its curious shape, tiny screen, and keypad, looks like a relic of a bygone era. It is a dumb phone that is built only for calling and messaging. As far as connectivity is concerned, the first model to launch will be a dual band GSM handset that will accept microSIMs. WCDMA compatible versions will be released later in select regions. SpareOne also has a few other interesting tricks up its sleeve to help you in emergencies. It automatically attaches your approximate location with SMS by using the cell ID, and has a built-in torch – something that Nokia popularized in countries like India.
SpareOne is slated to go on sale during the first quarter of 2012 for $49.99.