I first wrote about disposable cell phones nearly two years ago, but they finally look like they’re about to hit the market.
Reuters reports that Hop-On says it’s gotten FCC approval to sell a mass-market recyclable cell phone with 60 minutes of service. Price: $40.
“Hop-On mobile devices are plastic, two-way phones the size of a deck of playing cards. Users talk and listen to callers via a microphone/earpiece connected by a thin wire. Customers buy scratch cards in increments of additional talk time of 60, 90 and 120 minutes, according to company officials. “
The first phones will run on CDMA networks — Sprint and Verizon. A second wave, priced at $29, will run on GSM networks — Voicestream (a/k/a T-Mobile) and Cingular. In all cases, toll charges will be extra.
If you like Slashdot (not to everyone’s taste), here’s their discussion of this.