DTC Gear Price Php 1,499 : A Feature Phone That Doubles as a 4,500 mAh Powerbank

I saw this photo while I was browsing the Instagram account of one of my favorite Pinoy volleyball players, Bang Pineda - former Adamson Lady Falcon, the other night.

DTC Gear, Feature Phone Power Bank

At first, I thought it was just another feature phone that brands usually give to online celebrities to promote on their pages -- but upon closer inspection, I realized that it's not your typical, run-of-the-mill basic handset.

Flaunting a tank-like exterior and powered by a massive 4,500 mAh battery pack, the DTC Gear is made for mobile warriors who live extreme. It's shock resistant and - apart from offering an unbelievably long uptime - it even doubles as a powerbank for your smartphone; Just use the microUSB cable that's included in the package. Sweet!

Other key features of this phone include its 2.4-inch 160 x 120 pixels TFT display, flashlight, alpha-numeric keypad, wireless FM Radio (you don't need to plug in your earphones to turn it on), VGA camera, and Dual SIM Dual Standby capability.

You get all that for only Php 1,499! Yes, it's not the cheapest alphanumeric candybar phone that's out in the market. But when you think about everything that it gives you - especially the fact that it doubles a 4,500 mAh powerbank - it's hard not to call it a steal. Heck, I wish other local phone manufacturers would come up with similar handsets; All smartphone owners need a secondary phone that's exactly like this.