PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am


A mobile phone can be a lifesaver in case of emergencies. The problem with today's smartphones is you always end up using all the battery power by playing games, updating your Facebook status or simply checking your e-mail.

That's why in emergency situations when you need a spare, you need a SpareOne.

It's an ultra-basic mobile phone designed specifically for your hour of need. Its design even reminds us of an ambulance, with its white cover and big red button marked by a white cross.

No, the SpareOne won't perform CPR when you have trouble breathing, or console you when you're sad. What this dual-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) phone will do is let you make that crucial phone call, when everything has failed.

Powered by a single AA battery, the SpareOne will last for a phenomenal 15 years on standby - and give you 10 hours of talk time. Leave one in your bag, and rest assured that you will always be able to reach for help.

In emergencies, the SpareOne will let you call the police - even without a SIM card. It can also serve as a flashlight to guide you through the dark.

There's a lot you can't do with the SpareOne, such as sending SMS. Neither can it store your phonebook - although you can programme up to 10 speed dial numbers.

But at HK$500, the SpareOne is an insurance policy well worth the investment if you find yourself at a loss for a mobile connection.

Pros: 15 years of standby battery life, calls emergency numbers without a SIM

Cons: no 3G, no internet, no SMS