The SpareOne emergency phone, winner of the 2013 CES Best of Innovation (under Tech for a Better World), was on the floor at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with an improved model that can transmit user GPS data to authorities.
The phone, referred to as “the world’s first and only emergency mobile device,” comes prepackaged in a waterproof bag, has a shelf life of 15 years, and retails for $99 USD.
XPal Power developed the SpareOne as a simple and reliable backup mobile device for emergency situations. There aren’t any fancy applications or custom ringtones, in fact the device doesn’t even have a screen — in its place sits a single Energizer Ultimate AA battery with a promised shelf life of 15 years. Users can replace the battery with any other AA if needed.
The device features a large, one-touch emergency button for easy emergency services communication that can be used without a SIM card, an LED light that can maintain continuous light for up to 24 hours, 10 hours of talk time, and a nifty auto text reply that informs others that the user cannot receive text messages, but should rather be contacted via phone calls. The device also can save up to nine contact numbers and sound an alarm to attract attention if need be.
XPal Power has also released a beta geolocation app for Android and iOS. The app allows users to view a phone call log, messages received, and track the position of a SpareOne on a map.
As of now, SpareOne can be purchased on Amazon and from the manufacturer’s website.
Here’s a promotional video from XPal on the device:
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