Not in your wildest dreams can you ever imagine a cell phone without a display in circa 2012. Well, that’s exactly what the Xpal Spare One handset is all about. This screenless simpleton is designed to run on a single AA battery (alkaline, NiMH or lithium) and intended to work for up to 15 years on a single charge as an emergency phone. So caught in a tight spot with your battery down and need to call for help? Just plop your
SIM/micro-SIM into it and call for salvation. The sans- screen, 75 gm backup phone obviously doesn’t have the provision for an address book. So you must either punch in a number or redial the last missed call. You cannot send or receive SMSes either. Yet, if you receive an SMS, it automatically replies on your behalf, saying that you can’t send a text and to call you instead. The $50 slim (though well-built) non- smart phone, replete with an Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA battery, comes in two avatars: for the
US and the rest of the world.