Fact Check: Disposable Paper Phones Coming Soon? It’s an Old Prank Video

A video of a man showing one-time use, disposable paper phones to people is doing the rounds on social media claiming that disposable phones will be launched soon for the general public.

The video was shared with a caption: Disposable paper phones coming soon… as the world gets more technologically advanced!

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be misleading.

Closely noticing the logo of truTV at the bottom right corner of the video, we identified the same video on the YouTube channel truTV, dated June 17, 2016, with a title: The Carbonaro Effect Disposable Paper Phone.

The video description reads: “Michael demonstrates the latest in mobile phone technology: a pre-paid phone made entirely from paper.”

As per the video description, it is from a show The Carbonaro Effect, and it was a prank being recorded by hidden cameras. It reads: “Michael Carbonaro is a magician by trade, but a prankster by heart. In The Carbonaro Effect, Michael performs baffling tricks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what just hit them.”

Hence, it is clear that the video is a prank and not real.

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