Monday, February 27, 2012

SpareOne Battery Keeps Its Charge

Just finished writing a piece on emergency communications in areas of the world where power is erratic, when I saw this announcement out of the Barcelona, Mobile World Congress 2012. 

The Taiwanese company of TennRich has launched a mobile handset that runs on a single AA battery and maintains its charge for up to 15 years, providing you use the Lithium AA battery supplied. You can replace the batter with any standard AA cell, alkaline or rechargeable. I'm curious to know how they are able to project so far into the future with any reliability. But even if its only a couple of years, that makes it a useful standby phone to keep in the house in case of an emergency. 

Note that the phone has no LCD display (The plastic window is there for you to adore the battery). So this phone isn't going to receive or send any emergency SMS messages. But maybe 15 years from now, there won't be any SMS to receive any way. But it will dial out pretty simply and store up to 9 preset numbers. No word on the price when it launches in a couple of weeks.

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