SpareOne Plus

Simple, unique, potentially life-saving

BARCELONA, Spain--How much would you pay for peace of mind? The $100 price tag on the SpareOne Plus seems mighty steep when you're safe and sound, but if you faced an emergency, or desperately needed to make a call, a Benjamin might start looking like a bargain.

That's the company's pricing gambit, but strip it away and the SpareOne Plus is one of the most simple cell phones I've ever seen, but a unique one at that. For starters, it doesn't have a screen. In its place is a window to a single AA battery, an Energizer Ultimate that comes preinserted and promises to last up to 15 years. After that, you can use any other battery.

The interface is simple, much more like a cordless handset than your typical mobile phone, and made of inexpensive-looking plastic materials, so that it resembles a toy. A toy it is not. A lot of thought went into designing the phone, which debuted at CES, from the white front and red back (more colors are coming), to the synthetic voice that reads back button presses.

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