Namibian student makes it possible to call anywhere without using airtime

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A Namibian secondary school student has invented a phone that allows people to call anywhere in the world without using airtime.

Simon Petrus, who studies at Abraham Iyambo Senior Secondary School in the country’s Ohagwena Region, created the phone using resources given to him by his unemployed parents.

He used spares from a phone and television set to create the device which gets its power from a radiator and uses radio frequency to make calls without a sim card. Whats more? Users can also watch a television channel on the handset.

Mobile-PhoneThe genius is however not a new inventor because last year he also created a two-in-one machine that works as both a seed drier and cooler. That invention won him a gold medal at national level.

But Petrus hopes the sim-less phone will break national boundaries and be successful at an international level.   

It’s safe to say Africans are also wishing that the invention is promoted and improved.

They should also extend such wishes to another Namibian inventor Joshua Nghaamwa who has made a satellite using parts from radios, cellphones, and other electronics.

The satellite, believed to strengthen internet connectivity, is small enough to fit in a laptop bag and has a USB port that allows it to be connected to a modem, router or cellphone, increasing internet speed and allows for a better online experience.

Nghaamwa hopes his device will be adopted throughout Africa since he is sure that it can increase internet penetration across the continent.

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  1. koma kuno kwathu uyese olo kupanga karadio station kamdera lako uwona boma likukangalika kukumanga ndie anthu ambiri amaopa ndendeyo

  2. I think NAmibia. is. far Away from. civilization how cAn u use a cell phone and make call without Charging u . when u know that with sim card u only make. Emergency call.

  3. While Zimbabwean students are busy labelling a locust, Namibians n Japanese are taking technology in their finger tips

  4. bolani amenewo akanati azivuta ķuti feez must fàll ziķanamveka koma mbuzi zivuta kunozi kusukulu zipitilako manyado mmitu mwao màmina oķhaokha mzeru alibe komá matama thoo chimaganidza iwo mkupanga mademo basi mbuzi za ana

  5. bolani amenewo akanati azivuta ķuti feez must fàll ziķanamveka koma mbuzi zivuta kunozi kusukulu zipitilako manyado mmitu mwao màmina oķhaokha mzeru alibe komá matama thoo chimaganidza iwo mkupanga mademo basi mbuzi za ana

  6. bolani amenewo akanati azivuta ķuti feez must fàll ziķanamveka koma mbuzi zivuta kunozi kusukulu zipitilako manyado mmitu mwao màmina oķhaokha mzeru alibe komá matama thoo chimaganidza iwo mkupanga mademo basi mbuzi za ana

  7. bolani amenewo akanati azivuta ķuti feez must fàll ziķanamveka koma mbuzi zivuta kunozi kusukulu zipitilako manyado mmitu mwao màmina oķhaokha mzeru alibe komá matama thoo chimaganidza iwo mkupanga mademo basi mbuzi za ana

  8. bolani amenewo akanati azivuta ķuti feez must fàll ziķanamveka koma mbuzi zivuta kunozi kusukulu zipitilako manyado mmitu mwao màmina oķhaokha mzeru alibe komá matama thoo chimaganidza iwo mkupanga mademo basi mbuzi za ana

  9. bolani amenewo akanati azivuta ķuti feez must fàll ziķanamveka koma mbuzi zivuta kunozi kusukulu zipitilako manyado mmitu mwao màmina oķhaokha mzeru alibe komá matama thoo chimaganidza iwo mkupanga mademo basi mbuzi za ana

  10. bolani amenewo akanati azivuta ķuti feez must fàll ziķanamveka koma mbuzi zivuta kunozi kusukulu zipitilako manyado mmitu mwao màmina oķhaokha mzeru alibe komá matama thoo chimaganidza iwo mkupanga mademo basi mbuzi za ana

  11. mbuli inu. sukulu zitizo munapita? that does not make any sense. u have to say he has managed to hulk into cell phones network billing system that he can make a call anywhere in the world. yes u can make a call without airtime anywhere in the world but only emergency.

  12. Well!!! I see self-hatred is the ruling force here…
    Can someone help me understand…why should a Black youth student fear of being arrested for an innovative invention, from a government made of Black people?? Or am I missing something?
    The problem essentially, we don’t love each other enough as Black people to support and organise against forces that are against us, weather they’re Black or White or whoever…
    I keep hearing about being arrested, hell we’ve already arrested ourselves before we even get started!!
    I wouldn’t allow many of you around our young Black youth because you would kill the spirit of their creativity…..
    It is our FEAR of those that are against us that is one of our greatest problems…

  13. Kusiyana kwakuti maiko anzathuwa mwana amayamba kukhala phone ali Grade 4or 5 nkana amqziwa bwino zithu vuto siiiife ayi koma kuvutq kwazithu kwathu uko tisadane ndiwathu a madegree ayi koma khani kochokera nkana or mu blantyre umo muli ana ambiri olo kusambira samatha chofunika zithuzi azitionesa tili wana kuti tingathe kuziwa chochita i remember tili wana sitimauzidwa zaaakqzi timabisilidwa or mpaka pano ana akubisilidwa zachiwere were pano south africa ikugawa ma condom ma primary school moti za sex akuziziwa pomwe wamalawi akagokula agofikira poti waziona atakula sanaziveko mapeto qke imfa

  14. Kusiyana kwakuti maiko anzathuwa mwana amayamba kukhala phone ali Grade 4or 5 nkana amqziwa bwino zithu vuto siiiife ayi koma kuvutq kwazithu kwathu uko tisadane ndiwathu a madegree ayi koma khani kochokera nkana or mu blantyre umo muli ana ambiri olo kusambira samatha chofunika zithuzi azitionesa tili wana kuti tingathe kuziwa chochita i remember tili wana sitimauzidwa zaaakqzi timabisilidwa or mpaka pano ana akubisilidwa zachiwere were pano south africa ikugawa ma condom ma primary school moti za sex akuziziwa pomwe wamalawi akagokula agofikira poti waziona atakula sanaziveko mapeto qke imfa

  15. Kukanakhala kuti ndiku Malawi kuno bwezi atamangidwa dziko lathu lachuluka kukhomerera koma anthu aluso alipo ,ku mulanje wina anatsegula station Radio koma anamukhomerera mpaka lero ,wina ndi uja anapanga ndenge koma mpaka lero anamukhomereraso Malawi pa kwao

  16. congratulation!Not our graduates,what they know is to steal public funds from the poor and misuse it by dishing out to prostitutes.Thinking like a day care yet they are graduates.

  17. Mwasowa zochita et? Zithu zochitika ku Namibia ndeno muzilimbana nd Presdent wa kumalawi zikufanana chan, kod mudakagonabe? Mukuyembekezelabe mtendele pa ziko lapasi? Mukaupeza kut? Lolan malemba akwanilisidwe! Sikuzapezekanso ulamulilo obwelesa zomwe mufuna kufikila Mwana wa muthu atadza

  18. Njala mnthenda nsanje paja ndiye adani amalawi, olemba national anthem anadziwa kale zimenezi. Lero palibe angakhale ndi chidwi chopanga kanthu koma akufuna chidwi pa cashgate

  19. Well done don’t allow a white man to join you he will use you at end of the day he will be a billionaire while you my brother you remain the way you are be careful

  20. “Spares from a television set,gets power from a radiator”,a f@cking RADIATOR!!!, Malawians our level of gullibility is beyond belief,how can you not see that story for the obvious hoax that it is,lazy journos probably copy and pasted it from his whatsapp group,nxaaa!!

  21. why am I always getting this stupid news from this stupid page,I didn’t even like this stupid malawi crap.how can you invent such a to call anywhere coz a phone uses network to signal n call anywhere,so a phone alone can’t do shit.he had to invent his own network then we’d be proud n amazed.he’s probably gonna get arrested for the fraud on networks charges_stupid namibian guy

  22. i dont think its a great idea frm him to publish this descovery … for the sake of his life … this world belongs to the capitalists and they wont be happy about the idea…..

  23. Malawians graduates they jst know how to memories sighs and symptoms of adolescent stages Kkkkkkkk shame man,,, congratulations buddy good job

  24. Just inline with the new world order, don’t blame Malawian engeers but the fucken leaders who don’t stabilise things besides we can’t all come up with such wonders. Malawi in particular has never been a sweet land because of our damn blonde loyalty to the leaders of dead minds. Southern Region has had the whole blame if I’m not wrong and some stupid old men like Goodal from North.
    Hope they’ll not rule forever. Amen!

  25. Namukonda munthu ameneyo. Vuto kuno kumalawi nkhaza komaso ma jerous so uja ankapanga ndege munamuletsa, wina kupanga radio frequency mukuti upite Kaye Ku xool …..

  26. It can not be free I know ICT myself . he might be using airtime UN knowingly . what software any software can not work by itself. He might be in roaming into other network ………??????????

  27. Congrates even Malawian professors can’t demostrate their technical know how but you proved your worth though you are in secondary school

  28. Student ameneyu amangidwa chifukwa akhoza kugwetsa ecomony ya dziko la namibian , amangidwa lero lomwe akuti akafotokoze bwino za nkhaniyi.

  29. Ntchito koma kuchita matama m’ma minibus mu kulankhula zizungu….akut ma dolo……koma chanzeru chomwe anachita funsan palibe…….akut akudikira ntchito za mu office……..kaya

  30. I thank God u r not yet deported back to your home….congratulations man..next I will invent something but for now I have no clue about it may be how to cook without using fire or heat

  31. Osati kuno chimunthu mpaka degree koma palibe chomwe adziwa kut angapange chanzeru apart from kudikira kudzalembedwa ntchito mu office basi,nanga mwana wa ku secondary mpaka kupanga zanzeru chonchi koma chimunthu cha masters go!kt chipange zooneka ntchito ma demo basi akakhala ku school za ziii.

  32. “Invented a phone that calls anywhere without airtime!” That’s agood story, very imppressive & appreciatable job. why not to open ur own company of that model phones but @ a cheaper price in order to afford the poors accessessibility. Wa wailesi ndi wandege apitilizenso moti anthu asamavutike mayendedwe ndinso kumamvela zomwe zikuchitika paziko lappansi.

  33. What u must nw iz dat malawi iz malawi will never change until many & many sitimafuna kut mzathu apange zabwino nkutukuka tizakhalabe moteromo mpaka kale.

  34. Impossible.magic or what?network?his connectivity.okay,even radio talk have network connectivity.so how?okay he developed one inside the phone with digital radio transmitter.everything

  35. Kuno Gabriel Kondesi anapanga wailesi yake nkumangidwa nkunamizidwa kuti akayambe Primary School ku school ija inali ya Samuel Kaphuka. Mpaka pano tsogolo lake silikudziwika. Wina ndi uyu wapanga ndege yake. Onsewa sanapite patsogolo ndi school and nothing has been made to encourage them. Very pathetic!

  36. Kuno Gabriel Kondesi anapanga wailesi yake nkumangidwa nkunamizidwa kuti akayambe Primary School ku school ija inali ya Samuel Kaphuka. Mpaka pano tsogolo lake silikudziwika. Wina ndi uyu wapanga ndege yake. Onsewa sanapite patsogolo ndi school and nothing has been made to encourage them. Very pathetic!

    • Pathetic indeed my brotha l saw opanga ndege pa sabc one and was very happy kuti tikupita patsogolo amalawife koma up to now sindikudziwa kuti zinathela kuti

  37. Let dis dvlpmnt cme as fast as it can mayb we can get rest from dis msg;Okondedwa akasitomala khethe khethe bonasi yanu ndi K11 mutha kugwiritsa ntchito bonasiyi kuyambira pa14mpaka20kkkkkkk

  38. Let dis dvlpmnt cme as fast as it can mayb we can get rest from dis msg;Okondedwa akasitomala khethe khethe bonasi yanu ndi K11 mutha kugwiritsa ntchito bonasiyi kuyambira pa14mpaka20kkkkkkk

  39. Even that phone can cost a price of a car ill buy it becz the money we spend on airtime everytime january to december u can buy new Randrove discovery3 from america

  40. Even that phone can cost a price of a car ill buy it becz the money we spend on airtime everytime january to december u can buy new Randrove discovery3 from america

  41. Mw never go on top wth technology if u rembere deres guy in malawi named Gabriel he was std 6 on dat tymMkondezi analumikiza mawaya ndi mabattery akutha kuphatikiza zida zoziwa yekha paka radio station koma MACRA yinamuopseza akanapitiriza sibwezi nkhan ngati ymeneyi tikunena mkokuno ku malawi

  42. It’s possible to call free without airtime. Only if cost of operating space telecommunication satellites, air to space satellites, transmitters, systems and working force are paid by somebody else maybe.

  43. Why are we so absessed with free services and expect to get jobs at the same time? Free servixes cost money that would have been used to pay salaries

  44. TNM. Discount 95% call 57 seconds cost k 31.37 then how much is the cost when the discount is 10% TNM Akukama zowonda . Hope this young man from Namibia will tell Malawians the secret

  45. Ku Malawi kuno oterewo ada ena ake would have ordered kuti amangidwe. Sometime ago there was a guy who had Pachikweza Radio Station, anamangidwa. Opanga ndege anamangidwa. Amalawi tinatani kodi.

  46. Kukanakhala ku Malawi kuno ameneyu akanamangidwa ndithu. Pajanso mwana wina ku Mulanje anamangidwanso atatsegula radio station yake.

  47. In my country one youngman from Tunduma created a helicopter, my govt stopped him And now wazungu wa South Africa are taking him. A big shame. It seems it is an unincurable disease in our leaders in Africa

  48. I hope the company’s will not be happy with the story because they know we will stop buying airtime from them i definitely need that phone.

  49. Akungoyenela the country is very stable . students have time to think about their studies czakwanu kuno students r always worrying about fees wat thy will eat

  50. Phone iliyonse itha kumagwila wopanda airtime coz sanapange airtime ndkuzapangano 4n,anaymbila 4n,airtime inabwela nd ma service providers.ndye iyeyu sanapange invent 4n ayi,wangopanga hack system ya airtime

  51. my friend congraturations,now let me tel u ‘this world hates great thnkers like u for their own minority benefit’ mor les lyk uv jst wasted ur tym. Okey thank u for u trial though it cant be implemented for majority to benefit it can only be for ur own benefit.thank u

  52. The problem with AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS he(student) will automatically be arrested & denied chances of going far with his plans. we call it BLACK MENTALITY (JEALOUSY).

    • that is a fail my friend. malawians fear fear. that young man from mulanje developed a radio station locally, where z he? zodiak helpd him with his education.

    • #banda,the dude uses MTC network,and they allowed him cause in the land of the brave(namibia) we’re free to do what ever we feel like to do,thumbs up to my bro.

    • Wow,nice to hear that.But do you think what you call MTC stands alone without other company network connections?The ans is no.I guess that wil be workin effectively in your country alone.But all in all,bravo for the new innovations as far as phone calls are concerned!

  53. If this is true then it must be criminalized because ppl who work for Vodacom, Orange, MTN, etc are going to lose their jobs.

    • You crazy you my friend then u dont know what poverty is all about to me if that romour can be true i can say its the next big thing

    • Do you know how many people are working at these corporations I have mentioned? If we are going to allow simless cell phones , what is going to become of those people?

    • Lol iam not going to argu with u on this one let me respect your opinion for that guy to be arrested if it was me i could have said free calls all over the world so when i die one day i will die a hero while u busy fighting for the people who are already rich think my brother people are suffering out there

    • Lol iam not going to argu with u on this one let me respect your opinion for that guy to be arrested if it was me i could have said free calls all over the world so when i die one day i will die a hero while u busy fighting for the people who are already rich think my brother people are suffering out there

    • I agree with u Ally. Pple remember that he is not the one who introduced cellphone. When cellphone was introduced big service providers signed agrement with countries in which they pay tax/rates. Now if u are not buying airtime/maunits which company is go to cary on paying tax on a losing company. Now if they close down this guys does not have any broadcasting arials. How is this going to work? Mitambo imene akugwiritsa ntchito ndiyamakampani omwe alipo.

  54. Eeeeh congratulations!!!! Here in Malawi we hav graduates in engineering, agriculture etc mmmm……….they are good at memorizing theories they learned at collage,nlo

    • Mathews Mtumbuka osayambitsa yake bwanji? Typical of Malawian graduates! Kuloweza zinthu basi and stealing from the poor through funny projects.

    • Sukulu yapa Malawi yovutitsa moyo zedi. Timawerenga Vinthu vambirimbiri nthawi yimodzi kuloweza just kuti tikhoze mayeso, sitiwerenga kuti tizidziwe. Pasukulu nimkakhoza nambala 1,2 or 3. Ndinali mmodzi wa wana wochita bwino mkalasi all the times koma ndinkangoloweza Vinthu chabe kuti nikhoze mayeso. Chimalizireni form 4 in 2001 mpakana napita ku University vinthu vina mpaka pano vikadali mumtimwa mwanga. Sividatulukebe. Nthawi zina vimangobwela nikakhala. Page yonse imangubwera mmutumu. Nthawi zina nimangudzivela chisoni momwe mdavutikira nisukulu. I dnt even knw whts the use I studied other things like some formulas and theorems. When I came 2 South Africa I saw tht students are told where 2 read and the topics where exams will come frm. Aaaaaaa, Mmalawi ngati ine ndikadamapanda ma 100% always kundiuze pamene mayeso achokera. Wena ku Malawi kuja tikuwatenga ngati mbuli kuti sadakhoze mayeso koma ndisakunamizeni ambiri ndife anzeru mekuja koma kuti education system yake ndiyovuta. Kuwerenga kuti ukhoze mayeso koma osadziwa kuti pa vinotsi vambirimbiri frm different books one subject mafuso achokera kuti? Wambiri amkawerenga koma Kupeza kuti munthu wanzeru bwinobwino wawerenga pambali mkulakwa mayeso. Kuno ku South Africa mbuli zili ndi ma degree. Kupeza makape wena driving nice cars kuno ku South Africa akuti ndiophunzira koma kuti mumve chizungu chakecho mmene amachiphwanyira Eish inu kumangoseka. Chilibe grammar, kunena zama tense Eish, mukhoza kumangoseka. Zadzulo akamba zichitika mawa. Zalero ndiye ngati zidachitika 50 years ago. Kasakaniza yemyekha. Komabe their education system gives them confidence. Kumalawi kuja munthu loses courage when he is not educated or has got a feeling tht he never went 2 University. Government must change its tough system 2 boost the academic standard of poor Malawians.

    • Tapita ku polay ukaone zomwe ana akupanga invent, we don’t have enough funds to cater for these ideas our young innovaters have

    • Kuti student aziwe thorax a.k.a chest kuti ilipati otherwise you can make a mistake by eating wings or feelers but the abdomen is very delicious ……
      .!!!?!?

    • #Edgar he’ll definitely make money because #Big companies like #Telkom #Vodacom #MTN n core will come n recruit him in fear that they might lose Big time because of his invention

    • Kodi munayamba mwamva kuti anthu ngati Chrissy kantika akuyimila miss Malawi ? Why? Onenepa ali low poganiza .pepani zionse kkkkkk