It’s not very mobile, but so what?

Actually, it’s about the size of a portable TV, and with good reason. Still, it’s a swell idea:

Namibian Grade 12 learner Simon Petrus is making waves after he invented a mobile phone, which uses radio signals and doesn’t require airtime to make calls.

According to New Era, Petrus, who is a learner at Abraham Iyambo Senior Secondary School, made the phone using parts from a telephone and television set, and his invention doesn’t even need a sim-card to make calls.

The mobile device took the whiz kid two years to complete, and it has not been plain sailing for the young inventor, who faced financial difficulties. The project was funded by Petrus’ unemployed parents, who had to sacrifice over N$2000 (US$146) to ensure that his project would be completed successfully.

This is not Petrus’ first bright idea, either:

Last year he won a gold medal at the NamPower schools’ competition, held at the national level, for inventing a two-in-one machine that works as a seed drier and cooler.

That, I’d like to see.


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 August 2016 · 1:45 pm

    Hopefully, some engineering college offers this young man a full scholarship.

  2. Brett »

    6 August 2016 · 4:31 pm

    It beats taking a clock radio apart and claiming you built it, hands down.

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