AT&T's Latest GoPhone Runs On AA Batteries
AT&T today announced the SpareOne Emergency Phone, a simple handset meant purely to serve as a backup phone for critical situations. The SpareOne runs on AA batteries, rather than a rechargeable lithium-polymer power cell. The batteries provide about 11 hours of talk time and about 10 days of standby time. The SpareOne also includes a flashlight, glow-in-the-dark keypad, siren, and SOS alert. The phone comes with a service called Locate & Alert, which can be used to alert up to nine contacts in an emergency, who will be given the SpareOne owner's location. AT&T suggests the handset would be ideal for young children, outdoor adventurers, or grandparents. The SpareOne Emergency Phone costs $59.99 and service costs $25 per year with 120 voice minutes. The SpareOne reaches AT&T stores Nov. 6.
iOS 11 Lets Users Temporarily Disable Touch ID
A new setting discovered in iOS allows iPhone owners to quickly and temporarily disable Touch ID. Pressing the power button rapidly five times activates SOS Emergency mode.
Google Debuts 'Trusted Contacts' Personal Safety App
Google today made a new app available to Android devices that lets people share their location with others during emergencies. The app, called Trusted Contacts, simplifies the process of adding friends and family as emergency contacts.
Wireless Users May Eventually Receive Government 'Blue Alerts'
The FCC has added a new type of alert to the Emergency Alert System that is specifically meant for law enforcement officers and other first responders. Joining the Amber Alert and Silver Alert, the new Blue Alert can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and request help in apprehending suspects.
Google's Trusted Contacts App Lands On iOS
Google today brought its Trusted Contacts app, available to Android devices since last year, to iOS handsets. Trusted Contacts lets people share their location with others during emergencies.
It all comes back around...
Of course those were POS phones but meh, I think someone needs to make a phone with a battery and crank dynamo charger integrated, like another cool moto accessory they had.
It should be waterproof and have some type of shortwave radio built in... then you wouldn't need to scrounge for batteries after the natural disaster and it would still be useful if the towers are down.
I guess while Im at it, if it can fit in the handle of a Rambo knife, that would be cool too.
Runs on AAs...