AT&T to Offer an AA Battery-Powered SpareOne Emergency Phone
The SpareOne is a basic cell phone that runs on a replaceable lithium AA battery that offers 11 hours of use during emergencies.
AT&T's latest no-contract GoPhone, the SpareOne, is a basic cell phone with an intriguing twist—the handset is powered by a replaceable lithium AA battery. For the SpareOne, AA battery power can be useful in the event of a sustained power outage when traditional smartphones and cell phones can't be recharged due to a lack of electricity. That's how AT&T is marketing the new SpareOne Emergency Phone in its GoPhone lineup, as a device that can run on lithium AA power for as long as it is needed, wrote Judy Cavalieri, vice-president of voice, wireless home services and prepaid products for AT&T, in a Nov. 3 post on the AT&T Consumer Blog. "The SpareOne Emergency Phone lets you stay connected in almost any situation and offers a flashlight, glow-in-the-dark keypad, a panic siren and a SOS signal built into your phone," wrote Cavalieri. "At the touch of the Emergency Button, the Locate and Alert service can alert up to nine 'guardians' (people you want to notify in an emergency) and they will receive a call, email or text message with your location." The SpareOne Emergency phone will be available from AT&T stores and online starting Nov. 6 for $59.99, plus an annual service plan for $25 that includes 120 minutes of domestic U.S. talk time and the use of the Locate and Alert service. The handset never needs to be charged. When its battery is discharged, it must be replaced with a new lithium AA battery. The lithium battery that comes with the phone will maintain its charge for decades if it is not used, according to AT&T.