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SpareOne GSM Emergency Mobile Cellular Phone, 850/1900 MHz

3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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  • Up to 10 hours* of talk time means you have plenty of connectivity hours to last you your whole trip on one battery.
  • Keeps its charge for up to 15 years* SpareOne can hold its charge, if unused, for up to 15 years*. Battery included.
  • Extreme weather operating range (-22F to 140F) is far greater than that of a smartphone..
  • One-touch, large emergengy services button is ideal for daily emergency and medical situations, no SIM required.
  • Easily pre-program 9 important numbers and document on menu sticker provided.LED Torchlight on top providing up to 24 hours of continuous light makes this phone several tools in one.Auto text reply means that if anyone sends you a text, SpareOne will reply with an automatic text response informing them that you cannot read text messages and can be reached via phone calls instead.
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Technical Details

  • smartphone

Product Description

Freed from the need of power outlets, you can use the amazing AA battery-powered SpareOne anywhere within range of a GSM cell tower. Even without a SIM card, SpareOne has one-button emergency dialing (911, etc.), and can be geo-located in an emergency.

Product Information

Technical Details

Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.6 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches
Item model number SP1MWW850
Weight 4 Ounces

Additional Information

ASIN B008B291SQ
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,355 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories > Unlocked Cell Phones
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces
Date First Available June 13, 2012

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Verified Purchase
Bought for my senior parents to keep in car. Hoping they will use it if they get lost, disoriented, or have car failure. Phone emits beep when turned on, then emergency button can be pushed and 911 is dialed automatically. Phone emits a signal when the off button is pressed. Should be easy for them to use.
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I've had this phone for a little while, and used it for about a 2-week period as my primary phone. Overall, it's a good emergency phone, but lacks some features that I consider critical for an emergency device.

Let's start with the good:
- Unlocked: Yep...just take your SIM card and drop it in. It even comes with a convenient adapter for mini-SIMs.
- AA Power: Probably the single most important feature. It runs off of the most common battery ever! Lithium batteries will get you roughly 10-hours of talk-time, and have a 10-15 year shelf-life.

Features that I'm indifferent about:
- Light: While having a LED light is a nicety, I'd gladly give it up in favor of more useful features.
- Price: $60 was a good price for a phone this simple, but I see that it's now $120 on their website...a tad on the pricey side for what you get.

To be a "real" emergency phone, we need a few features:
- SMS: SMS takes significantly less bandwidth and power than a phone call. In fact, SMS will frequently work when phone calls will not. I don't even need T9/predictive text...make it simple abc/123 texting and save on power that way.
- Screen: I get the idea that they wanted to ditch the screen to conserve power...but seriously...it runs on AAs. How about a cheap LCD screen?
- Ruggedized: It's an emergency phone...chances are that it'll be abused. While their "fix" was to provide a waterproof bag, I'd much rather have the phone itself ruggedized to protect against water/dust/shock/etc.

All in all, it's not a bad phone for the $60 price point. $120 is a bit excessive, especially considering that it lacks -- what I consider critical -- SMS functionality.
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received in three days. got SIM from pure talk in same mail. Works as advertised. Easy to use by my 93 year old Father.
cheapest way to provide back up emergency communications. Works in remote areas ( State park with limited cell reception).
would be great in emergency kit or backup for full time RV living.
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Fairley priced

Compact to fit in BOB.

Worked where other cell phone had no reception.

Yes I would recommend this product.
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By Nico on June 20, 2013
This emergency phone works great. Although I did not buy it from amazon, it is essential to have in any car, emergency first aid kit, or a child's backpack. It is very simple to use. In any emergency, just press the red cross to call 911. The phone has GPS to notify 911 of your location. And if you are traveling, just slip in a prepaid sim card and you're set! I would also recommend this phone for the elderly. Big buttons and ease of use it very important in a phone like this. Overall a great buy without any flaws so far!
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The idea behind these devices is a sensible one: Make a cheap GSM phone that can operate on a disposable AA battery and keep it for emergencies. Here's the problem: The days of the GSM network in the U.S. are numbered. When the GSM networks go offline, these phones will be useless. Also, these devices aren't cheap.

AT&T and T-mobile have already begun taking their GSM networks offline in some areas, and AT&T has indicated that it will turn off the GSM network everywhere in the U.S. by 2017.

There is an easy fix: The maker of this phone just needs to make the phones support the new 3G standard which currently works on all AT&T and T-Mobile towers in the U.S. Even better, they could make the phones support the next generation for mobile voice, LTE. I realize that this would add to the cost, but at $50, this phone is already overpriced.

This phone includes no screen, no flip mechanism, no battery, and no 3G, and so it should be cheaper than the comparable Samsung. With no screen, there's no way to determine if you've dialed a wrong number until you hit send and see who answers. To make matters worse, the tones that are generated when you push a button are wrong. For example, when you push 9, it sounds like you are pressing 0. All the digits are off in the same manner. So, even if you could recognize the tones by the sound they make, you won't be able to use that skill on this phone to verify that you dialed the correct number. Finally, with no screen, you can't send a text message. In a disaster where mobile networks are overloaded, text messages are much more likely to get through - yet you won't be able to send them with this.

Right now, you can buy an un-subsidized Samsung flip phone that will work on AT&T or T-Mobile for about $20.00.
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It seems it can stand NE U.S. summers and winters in the glove compartment of a car parked outdoors without anything going wrong with it, so, very impressive!
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It's now buried in my step-daughters car for emergencies. Its just a 10 dollar phone with long lift batteries. Don't pay over 25 dollars for it. I paid 50 and got fleeced.
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