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AT&T GoPhone to Offer $59.99 Emergency Phone

 
There's a new AT&T phone that's being added on the GoPhone prepaid lineup. If you've been meaning to pick up an extra phone, this just might be the device you need.

Just like its name describes it to be, the SpareOne Emergency Phone is precisely that-- a device meant to be an emergency phone you can use in times of need. It is this exact reason why it is a unique phone from other models under the GoPhone prepaid lineup. In addition to that, the phone is powered by two double A batteries instead of a Li-Ion or Li-Po battery. Other features available include a flashlight, an SOS signal, and a panic siren.

As an emergency phone, the device comes with a service called Locate and Alert, which enables you to set up the phone for up to 9 "guardians" or contacts. These mobile numbers are intended for individuals who you'd like to be notified during an emergency. By simply pressing on the SpareOne's Alert button, a text message, call, or email will be sent to these 9 contact persons. They will be sent information regarding your current location. These numbers may also be set up to speed dial on the device.

Although the SpareOne Emergency Phone does not work like a "normal" modern phone should, it does serve its purpose by letting people know of your location in times of trouble. Other than that, the phone works well in extreme temperatures of between -22 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The SpareOne Emergency Phone will start selling through AT&T website and retail stores beginning November 6. It will be sold for $59.99 with an option to get it under an annual service plan of only $25 inclusive of 120 minutes as well as Locate and Alert services.

Source: PhoneDog

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  1. I've seen this before and its a pretty cool idea, just too expensive! For emergency- you could just buy a $5 or $10 flip phone, or android, shove it in your glovebox or whereever, and never activate it but it will always work for 911 for free. Just charge it every couple months, and should work as cheap insurance. You can also get free apps which will send your GPS cords to whoever you want with just a click or two. Just depends on your budget and needs, I suppose...

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  2. That's pretty cool. This will be good to give to my younger kids (that don't have phones) when they are with other people. Cool...

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    1. Or you can just get them any brand new cheap o'l prepaid feature phone and restrict it's inbound and outbound calls to the numbers you designate.

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    2. $60 for this? Seriously only the gullible and ill-informed would be duped by this awful Jitterbug-like deal.

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    3. yeah just like the gullible and ill-informed believe the tmo $30 5gb plan is a secret plan

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  3. Can the phone be used for voice calls? Having a smaller child ore pre-teen "check in" without an emergency situation? The H2O $10 per quarter plan would be almost as cheap and you could use a feature or smartphone.

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    1. If you don't care about AT&T and am okay with T-Mobile, Lycamobile with be a cheaper alternative than H2O for this purpose. 2 cents per minute, free inbound SMS text message, 4 cents per outbound SMS, and no expiration dates so long as an outbound call or text is made once every 90 days.

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    2. LycaMobile is a bad choice for an emergency phone. Since it lacks roaming and is limited to T-Mobile's much smaller network. Also the 2¢/minute rate has gone up to 5¢/minute. For an emergency phone stick with something that runs on Verizon or AT&T.

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    3. Yes, having on a bad native network isn't the best idea.

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    4. LycaMobile is still 2¢/minute for me, fyi.

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  4. Best buy has a tracphone Alcatel android phone on sale for 10 bucks, it uses the At&t network. Just get one of these keep it charged and call it a day for a backup 911 phone.

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  5. This phone is good for emergency kits or as a travel spare. With a lithium AA, it will have a 10 year shelf life. No need to worry about charging. You don't need a plan to dial 911, not sure why anyone would get it.

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  6. Dennis. Off topic. Did Verizon Prepaid change their plans today?

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  7. Not as far as I know, the Verizon site still has unlimited talk and text for $45 with 1GB or $60 for 2.5 GB.

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  8. What is this? It looks like they are going to 3 plans by this page on their website.
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/prepaid/smartphone-plans/

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    1. I only see the 45 and 60 what's the third one?

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    2. I took a look as well and could not find a third plan.

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  9. It has an easy to replace standard battery... a feature that totally kills iPhones costing 10 times as much.

    On this feature alone, of course. Just points up how the design blunders of Apple ( and others) are accepted for so long.

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    1. The form factor of iphones and other slim cell phones requires a lithium battery though. Not to mention the high energy drain needed to run their powerful processors.

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    2. ... the aforementioned form factor being a serious design flaw where it severely hampers function.

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  10. Unless I'm seeing things. It says they have a $45 for 2GB $55 for 3GB $65 for 4GB plan.
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/prepaid/smartphone-plans/

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    1. Post a link to a screenshot. Maybe you are seeing future plans. I only see 2 plans on that link.

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    2. I see the three plans, too, on that link -- 2GB for $45, 3GB for $55, and 4GB for $65 (when you use Auto Pay Bill and add on data). Plus, you can add an extra 2GB to any plan for $20/month.

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    3. I still only see the $45 and $60 plans even after clearing cache and cookies. It might something that Verizon is testing in certain markets.

      Those of you that are seeing three plans, where are you located? Can one of you that are seeing 3 plans please send me (dennis AT prepaidphonenews DOT com) a screenshot showing the three plans.

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    4. Dennis -- I'm in PA. . . . I saw the 3 plans on my computer. Right now, I'm away from my computer, and like you, I only see the $45 and $60 plans on my cell phone. Go figure!

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    5. Thanks to a user who sent me a screenshot, I figured out what's happening. There aren't really 3 new plans it's just marketing puting a new spin on the old plans.

      If your are seeing the new plans you will notice an asterisk by each one which points to the phrase "When you use Auto Bill Pay and add on data" The page also says "When you checkout add the right amount of data to build one of these great plans".

      So:
      Old $45 1 GB plan + 1 GB Autopay bonus = "new" $45 2 GB plan
      Old $45 1 GB plan + 1 GB Autopay bonus + $10 1 GB add-on = "new" $55 3 GB plan
      Old $60 2.5 GB plan + 1 GB Autopay bonus + $5 500 MB add-on = "new" $65 4 GB

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    6. Wouldn't the $45 1GB plan + 1GB Autopay bonus + $20 3GB data add-on = $65 5GB plan be a better choice?

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    7. Of course. I'm not surprised that Verizon marketing isn't suggesting the best deal for customers.

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  11. This would be a good phone for seniors, who do not have the patience or the dexterity to operate a smart phone. People with low vision problems could also use it. I am just thinking of my Dad when he wanted something in the nursing home. We went out and bought him a prepaid phone but he said the buttons were too small and hard to see. Thanks for writing about this phone.

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    1. Perhaps better than a smart phone for making calls. Every smart phone I've seen buries the dialer so you have to fish for it... and with dumb phones like this, it is right there.

      And every Android phone after Froyo buries the touchtone pad right after dialing... an annoyance to bring it back each time.

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