Disposable mobile phones set to take off

People often make throw away comments but they have never had a throw away phone on which to make them. With the release of the world's first phone card phone from pioneering inventor Randi Altschul a new age of mobile communications is on the way.

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By  Rania Adwan Published  March 11, 2001

Randi Altschul has issued the patents to the world’s first disposable mobile phones. The Phone-Card-Phone will give you 60 minutes of talk time, and when you’re done with it you can bin it — guilt free. Alternatively, you can top it up, but for a mere $10, buying another will hardly break the bank.

“This is a no frills phone. It’s not made to compete with the Nokia’s and Motorola’s of the world. It’s a phone card in your pocket,” explains Altschul.

The workings of the phone are close to amazing, “you will be able to pick it up in, say Kennedy Airport in New York, fly over to London and still be able to use it,” added Altschul, “they are so incredibly versatile, you can expect them to be everywhere.”

The project was started and entirely funded by Altschul back in mid 1996. By late 1999 the money tree grew bare and it wasn’t until the New York Times gave the invention a full-page review that a full on media blitz began, triggering the next round of funding. Within four months the working models were available for testing and now she is on her way to the top.

“This is my grand slam home run. I’ve been inventing things my whole life. I was primarily in the toy market before this and licensed close to 250 products worldwide. But this is the first one where I’m actually staying at the helm to ensure things happen the way I’ve envisioned it,” said Altschul.

Already the orders are said to be coming in thick and fast. The initial launch is set for retail outlets in the United States, swiftly moving into vending machines and worldwide distribution by the third quarter of this year.

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