A new phone that turns your phone into an emergency contact number is being tested by a startup that says it can save you money by using a tiny chip.
Lucky Patcher, based in Boston, claims the new phone, which will retail for about $50, is the first to use a technology that turns a smartphone into a personal number that can be dialed by a mobile phone.
In other words, it doesn’t require a dedicated phone app.
Instead, the phone simply shows a contact number in the background, and the number can be used on any other phone connected to the same network.
Lucky’s technology also works with mobile payments, which make it possible for users to make a purchase from a connected bank account, a credit card, or even pay for something on the go.
But the startup says its main advantage over competing phones is the number-recognition technology it uses to match contacts with customers.
Lucky has tested the phone at its home office in Boston and plans to introduce it to a wider audience next week.
Lucky says its technology is “a very good match for a lot of other things you would want to do on your phone.”
Lucky is currently testing its technology in its home offices in Boston.
For example, it says it is “well-suited for sending SMS messages or other messages to your contacts, and for accessing your social network.”
The startup says it has been testing the new phones at its office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since April.
But it plans to test it in public in the near future, and will make the technology available to the public on Thursday, July 15.
Lucky hopes to have the technology in stores by the end of the year.
“We think this is a pretty exciting technology for the future,” said Ryan M. Stiles, vice president of product development at Lucky Patchers.
“Our goal is to make sure that we’re not only getting a big hit from this technology, but we’re also getting a huge bang for our buck.”
The company hopes to be able to sell the phones to people who want to be more organized about their personal lives.
For instance, it said it has had success with people who are worried about getting distracted by a lot or someone on the phone.
Lucky said it plans on offering the phone for $25 a year for a single phone plan, with additional phone lines to cover up to 20 people.
It has also partnered with Google and Microsoft to offer a new feature, called Lucky Password, that allows people to register on the company’s phone number with the company, which could make it easier to send emergency calls to loved ones, like a medical emergency.
Lucky is also working with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to launch an app for phones, but that project is in its early stages.
Margo Brown, the founder of Lucky Patters, said the company has not been able to figure out how to make its technology work with Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform.
However, she said the startup will continue to work on its technology and is committed to working with Microsoft to make it available.
The company has already been testing its new phone at Lucky’s Boston office.
Brown said Lucky’s new phone will come in at under $100, but there will be a price tag attached to it that will be determined in the future.
“People are excited to try it, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the market responds,” Brown said.
“There’s a lot to like about this technology.”