Do you have any iPhones or Android smartphones that you're not using anymore?

An idle smartphone can be turned into a device that is dedicated to running the COVID Alert app (sample screen shot).

Such a device could then be carried/kept by someone who doesn't have a smartphone, or someone who wouldn't normally use a smartphone. Someone like ...

They wouldn't have to interact with the device at all (see "Follow up" below).

It would simply be like asking them to carry a radiation exposure badge.

You do have the COVID Alert app installed on your own smartphone ... right?

And so do all your other smartphone-carrying friends and relatives ...?

minimum requirements for the COVID Alert app :

What to do on an Android phone:

Follow up:


a SIM-less smartphone is basically a small tablet computer: it could be used as ... ... etc.