Have you been engaged in a serious conversation over the phone that ended prematurely because you run out of airtime? Well, in the not so distant future, you don’t need to worry about airtime anymore.
A grade 12 student in Namibia’s Ohagwena Region has invented a sim-less mobile phone that does not require airtime to make calls. He used spares from a phone and television set.
Complete with a light bulb, fan and charger socket, the handset functions off power supplied through a radiator and is able to make calls to anywhere through the use of radio frequencies. It is made up of a radio system and is attached to a box, allows the user to view one TV channel on it.
Petrus, the inventor is reported to have won a gold medal at a national level competition last year for an invention as a two in one machine that works both as a seed drier and cooler.
He claims that he used two years to invent this phone and it was funded by his jobless parents. He also said that he invented the phone with hopes that it will be carried further.
The development marks the latest in a series of innovative project by students in Namibia.