Spare One

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COMPUTEX 2012 -

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.

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