Not our usual fare here on Pocketnow. We like to deal with exciting new technologies and fun phone features, but how long might your smartphone last in an emergency? We obsess over metrics like screen on time, and headphone playback quality, and gaming performance, but what about easily and quickly notifying your family to your location and contacting first responders?

The AT&T SpareOne is a no frills device, designed to be easy to use in any situation. There’s no screen, and the phone is powered by AA batteries, so it never needs to be charges. It serves only two major functions. It makes calls. It tracks your location.

While the phone is pretty simple, AT&T supports it with some well considered server side resources. When setting up your account for the phone, you designate people to be automatically contacted in the event of an emergency, and your location is shared with those individuals and 911 responders.

It’s a peace of mind product. One you hope you’ll never have to use, but if you ever do need it, we’re pretty sure you’ll be happy you had one. Here’s our quick review.

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