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South African Student Invents A Phone That Does Not Need Airtime


Meet Simon Tshabalala, a South African Grade 12 learner who has invented a mobile phone that is not only SIM-less, but also doesn’t require airtime to make calls
It may not be the sleek, light or slim structure that we’ve come to expect from our mobile phones, but it does the job and more importantly… it does it for free.
Using spare parts from a telephone and a television set, Simon has built a handset that uses radio frequencies to place calls anywhere as long as there is signal. The invention also functions off power supplied through a radiator.
It took Simon two years to develop his invention, which was funded by his unemployed parents, and cost around R2 000 to produce.
The unit also features sockets that enable cellphones to be charged, a light bulb and a fan as well as the capability to watch TV through his box.
Simon’s invention has already earned him first place in the regional leg of the SA Power schools competition and he will now go on to compete in the national finals round.
This is the second time he’s reached this stage of the competition, after clinching a gold medal last year for a two-in-one seed drier and cooler machine he invented.
Taimi Zulu, Simon’s physical science teacher says Simon is his top performing student.
“When he won last year, some judges were of the opinion that there was an engineer at home who was helping him. But the only help he has is from us the teachers here at school. He came up with his own project,” Vatileni was quoted saying.
A young star on the rise and an African inventor to watch, Simon has aspirations to pursue a career in electronics engineering.
South African Student Invents A Phone That Does Not Need Airtime South African Student Invents A Phone That Does Not Need Airtime Reviewed by Khabza Mkhize on 9/10/2016 09:42:00 pm Rating: 5

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