Olive Communications Launches AAA Battery-Powered Cellphone
Still, America isn't the only mobile market in the world, and there are many other needs to consider in other nations. Developing countries in particular have a growing desire to just be connected, so these less featured phones are perfect for those markets. It's one reason why those typical Nokia candybar cellphones are still hanging around, and it's the very reason why India's own Olive Communications has stepped up to the challenge and introduced a new phone of their own.
The new FrvrOn (which is shorthand for "Forever On") cellphone takes a very unique approach. The form factor isn't anything new or special, but unlike most every other phone out there that requires an AC outlet and working electricity to charge it, this phone can be operated by a simple AAA dry-cell battery. There's also a rechargeable Lithium-Ion pack in there for "standard charging," but in a pinch, a single AAA will allow you to make a few calls during an emergency.
The idea here is to compensate for "erratic" power outages and emergencies, with a single AAA battery able to provide life to the phone for an hour non-stop. The phone was obviously designed with India in mind, as the nation is gaining around 15 million new wireless subscribers each and every month. We're anxious to see how this all plays out, and we definitely hope that this enables more users to get connected even in areas where power isn't always something that can be counted on. And honestly, this doesn't seem like a bad emergency item to have in everyone's "rainy day" kit, regardless of nationality.