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An inventor from Osnabruck, Germany, has released a mobile phone for the deceased. The idea is that once your loved one is six feet under, you will still be able to talk to them, even if the conversation might be a little one-sided.

The phone comes in a black box with a loudspeaker that is placed on top of the grave. It runs on a battery that lasts at least twelve months, and the inventor claims the sound quality is excellent.

For those who believe that telecoms links with the hereafter are a viable proposition - including the woman who claims to have received text messages from her late hubby - the Telefon-Engel (Phone Angel) might be an excellent idea. It will, however, set you back a cool €1495. Disgruntled punters can return the phone within 18 months and get a generous €50 refund.

And if you don't fancy the idea of a grave phone, why not take inspiration from UK singer Cilla Black, who has scattered her late husband Bobby's ashes at her four homes across the world - thereby ensuring close proximity with her dear departed at all times. ®

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