The disposable cellphone was invented by Randice-Lisa Altschul, who came up with the idea during a particularly frustrating car trip. Her phone signal kept cutting out and the only thing holding her back from throwing it out of the window was the cost of the phone. She decided a disposable cellphone was the answer, and approached the senior vice president of research and development at toy company Tyco, Lee Volte, to help her develop the patent.
In November 1999 Altschul was awarded a number of patents for the disposable cellphone, which she trademarked the Phone-Card-Phone. She formed a company, called Dieceland Technologies, to manufacture and market the phone, which is the thickness of three credit cards stacked on top of each other and made from recycled paper.