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The NT$2,800 mobile with a battery that lasts for 15 years
新台幣兩千八百元手機 一顆電池可撐十五年

Mobile phones are pictured in a shop in Brussels last Thursday.

Photo: Reuters

The SpareOne mobile phone is absolutely unique — running on one AA battery, it keeps its charge for up to 15 years.

It has no camera, web browser or other hi-tech extras such as touch screens. It is designed simply to work as a phone — and built to last.

The phone goes on sale on March 15, priced at 60 pounds (NT$2,800) in the UK and US$70 (NT$2,000) in the US.

The phone is designed as a backup phone you can keep in the glove compartment for emergencies.

The idea is that you can keep it there without worrying if it’s charged or not. Many modern mobiles will lose their charge over time, even if switched off.

Its makers say that SpareOne is ideal to leave in the car for emergencies, or to pack in travel luggage — especially if you or your loved ones plan to go off the beaten path.

That single battery offers a talk time of up to 10 hours.

The SpareOne’s is also able to automatically transmit its location via its mobile ID, plus has a built-in flashlight.

(Liberty Times)











1. glove compartment n. phr.

(汽車)置物箱 ((qi4 che1) zhi4 wu4 xiang1)

例: Can you get the GPS out of the glove compartment?


2. off the beaten path idiom

人煙稀罕之地 (ren2 yan1 xi1 han3 zhi1 di5)

例: If you want to experience a wildlife adventure, you should travel off the beaten path.


3. transmit v.

發送 (fa1 song4)

例: The device is not capable of transmitting a signal strong enough to be detected from so far away.


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