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  The future of mobiles is in the past
Updated 11 December 2001, 21.07

The future of mobile phones is being launched alongside a film about animals that walked the earth millions of years ago.

When people buy a copy of Jurassic Park III in America they might be lucky enough to also get a special voucher giving them a free disposable mobile phone.

Phones aren't in the shops yet

But the catch is that the new phones aren't in the shops yet, and fans will have to wait until the end of the month before getting their hands on a phone they can throw away.

Fact File
Disposable phones
Advantages:
Cheaper then normal phones
No need to dial
Don't need charging
Disadvantages:
No texting
No incoming calls
The phones, made by a company called Hop-On, only allow users to make outgoing calls and are no use for text messaging, but they cost much less than normal phones.

For around 21 buyers get an hours worth of airtime, and they don't even have to dial a number.

Price cut if you recycle

Instead you just press the call button and tell an operator what number you want. They then connect you to who you want to call.

And for those of you worried about thousands of the new phones littering the country, the makers are giving out a discount if you hand in your old handset when it's out of airtime..


 
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