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The winner of the competition for a Poppy 3D viewer from Firebox is Martin Harding from Great Yarmouth. Martin is a self-confessed geek who twitches at Matrixis, but even he could not identify all the mobes. He did, however, correctly identify nine of the 10 mystery phones. Indeed none of the entrants got the 10th phone right …

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6 out of 10

All I got was 6,

Were the Pebl, MPX 300, Aura and Sendo really well known ?

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The Pebl and the Aura, yes. They were major design wins at the time. Although I still prefered the baby Nokia 9000 series slider in titanium.

As an expat, I'd never heard of Sendo.

The MPX300 is also new to me.

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I've been trying to get hold of an MPX300 for my collection for a while. Very rare. Not as rare as the Sendo though.. another very rate one of those is the Symbiab-based Sendo X2.

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8/10

Sendo? what?

and the Aura actually did get made? The spec sheet I saw didn't look like that.

(20 years in the business.)

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Interesting read

but given that these are "vintage" phones let down by the lack of dates.

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not sure how many i got

I recognised the images, didn't know the name of the phones, never mind.

We did have a communicator pass through our office recently. I really, really wanted to find a valid use for it, but just couldn't

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Identify them? Ive owned 5 of them! There's 3 I wouldnt know to be honest though.

I owned 4 instances of the 9110, a cross between bad luck and very subseptible to absorbing liquids, my last one the insurance told me no more replacements and I spilt some chemical cleaner on the bench near it and it wicked it up in a instant and ate the solder inside the phone so it was declared an unrepairable unit by the insewerants repairer, every chip ruined, so I went back to a 9000i for a bit then gave up after I developed the needed giant muscles to carry it around and started carrying a ipaq installed with familiar linux instead. I remember using a app on the nokia's that you could set an alarm on when it entered a certain cell tower, and I used to set it to wake me up on my evening commute back home when I took the train. I bought the pebl to the salesman's disgust because it fitted in a little angled pocket on my bike leather jacket that zipped up well.

I still have some 9000i's, a razr kicking round, I remember the 888 and thought it looked dated at the time, I also remember friends with the nokia slider phones continually returning them under guarantee when they opened and carried on and shot the slide section off completely, always good for a office laugh when they were trying to look cool.

Memory lane eh?

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I had a Nokia 9110 Communicator and with a few bolted together connectors etc. and the zed? software I managed to console onto Sun boxes, and also Cisco routers etc.

Good bit of kit at the time.

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Best selling?

The best selling list makes interesting reading. Not surprisingly a Nokia is reconnected to be the best selling of all time, not the 3310 though it is apparently the 'emerging markets' 1100 with 250 million units sold. In fact of the 12 phone models that have sold more than 100 million only 2 are not Nokias; the Motorola Razr v3 and the Samsung E1100.

I think that shows just how badly Nokia messed up.

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Re: Best selling?

I've contributed to both the Nokia 1110 and Samsung E1100 sales figures a number of times - as burn phones (media work), grabbing a PAYG handset I recognised at the lowest price point in a foreign country or when a phone has been in for warranty repair. Whereas I had one 3310. Actually still have a working E1100 here but its locked to TalkTalk and I could buy an unlocked landfill Android for the cost of an unlock code.

Somehow doubt its statistically significant compared to the actual emerging market sales of each though!

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Ah...memory lane

I didn't have any of the 10, but my personal favs were a Nokia 8850* which seemingly was the most removed phone on the planet from people orifices due to it's strong vibrator** and 2 Haier phones, a penphone and a black pearl.

* taped to my iPaq and connected via IR, it meant I could look at the web on the train in 2001

** To confirm, I never used mine for any wet work.

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I don't think I knew any - is that good or bad?

But then, I think I've only owned two, maybe three phones in the last ten years and a couple of work-supplied ones before that.

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I had a Sendo handset (before I got my Razr. Can't remember the model number though - the phone was great, the keyboard not so.

I still use a Slvr (red) though for an old Orange OVP Virgin SIM.

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Orange OVP Virgin

I've got an old number on the Orange OVP Virgin Tariff that I like to keep going. Like PAYG but with no minimum usage requirement to keep it alive and the balance paid as if it was a contract. Cracking price plan.

It was a shame when they started charging 25p/min for voice mail earlier this year. I tried to work around it by calling the voice mail service from another phone only to find out they billed me for that as if I'd called from the Orange handset! (Plus the cost of calling an Orange number from another network).

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What about Nokia 6310?

I had a Nokia 6310 - lovely battery life - days and days and....

Could do web but was an awful experience due to pitiful ota data rate and - better when used as data modem via infra red with my Psion Revo. Now that WAS the beginning of mobile internet!

Still got my 6310 - use when skiing as emergency contact phone (battery life).

Also why no Nokia 9500? That was good phone and PDA

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Re: What about Nokia 6310?

Are you me?

Everything you said there mirrors what I did with the 6310i and what I do with it these days.

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Re: What about Nokia 6310?

I keep a 6310i charged and ready on my shelf at all times. It's my "Apocalypse" phone.

I'll still keep on trucking for a couple of weeks or more while the hordes of wandering masses with iPhone chargers in hand, roam the streets (or is that Heathrow Airport?)

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Still in use

My wife still uses a Motorola V3 Razr. Every once in a while I suggest an upgrade to something more modern, at which point she goes and hides clutching the phone to her chest.

Saying that, in terms of industrial design, it could give Mr Ives a run for his money. the downside is the software which was obviouisly designed by committee and afyter 4 text messages the buffer is filled up

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Vintage?

I don't really class any of them as ~Vintage~ they've all got LCD screens!

[My first cellular mobile-phone was a "BT Steel" with a big carrier/recharger frame which bolted to the car transmission-tunnel. Before that, we had Pye Westminsters on the old BT System-4 VHF mobile network. ]

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Re: Vintage?

When I was a wee lad working in Shepherd's Bush in the late seventies, a friend and I car-shared and used often to meet the same Jag under the Westway flyover.

This was in the days when you had to book calls to a mobile phone, and the technology took up half the boot. Mr Jag made a point whenever he was stopped at the lights of holding the phone to his face.

One fine night we arranged to have a handset with curly wire and lead ends. We pulled up alongside him at the lights, my friend holding the phone as if speaking. Mr Jag looked at as a bit annoyed... until my mate dropped his window, tapped on the window of the Jag, said 'it's for you' and handed the handset over.

We then booted it across the lights, leaving Mr Jag sitting there with a phone in each hand and a rather confused look on his face.

We saw him after that, but never with a phone in his hand!

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Re: Vintage?

Guess you had to be there. Or as the kids would say cool story bro.

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Re: Vintage?

Was that the Light Steel or Heavy Steel? There were 2 models with different battery sizes depending on whether you wanted a single or double hernia.

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Vintage?

I've still got a Nokia 2140 in the glovebox for emergency use.

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Your 9110 is a 9210

Bounce was the game showcasing the 9210s colour screen - the 9110 ran GEOS and didn't have the colour screen. I had both, and while the 9210 was better, the 9110 had much more geek appeal for the ability to launch a DOS prompt.

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Re: Your 9110 is a 9210

I don't know about the 9210 but the 9110 had a VT100 emulation mode - 80x24 in minuscule characters.

Back in the day I had the box I was minding email me reports from all the overnight runs so in the morning I'd normally check them through to make sure everything was running OK.

The IIUG (Informix user group) was organising a chapter in the UK. They called for interested parties to a meeting with a couple of US members to set up a local committee so I went along. After the meeting we somehow ended up sitting round a table in a pub's beer garden. I opened the phone dialled into the modem in the back of the server (you could get away with such things in those days), fired up elm & rather belatedly ran through the reports. One of the US guys was sitting next to me & could hardly believe it; shouted to the other "Look here. He's DBAing his box on his phone!". Nice to get one over on the Yanks.

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Re: Your 9110 is a 9210

Being able to get a vt100 dialup or telnet-over-ppp (we were more trusting back then) to the work servers from the pub was the main reason I had a 9110!

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Re: Your 9110 is a 9210

I'm pretty sure there were terminal emulators for the 9210 (and later models) but on the 9110 you could actually get a native DOS prompt. I seem to remember you couldn't do very much with it, but the point was that you *could* get right into the bowels of the OS, which was unique. I think it involved hacking some of the configuration files to the device booted to a prompt rather than GUI.

Pointless, but cool.

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Maybe I'm old

But none of these are what I'd call "Vintage"

Now my first phone - that's what I call vintage

http://www.imei.info/phonedatabase/7632-ericsson-gh198/

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Re: Maybe I'm old

Wow, that is old!

IIRC, my first phone was this one:

http://www.imei.info/phonedatabase/7635-ericsson-ga628e/

I can't remember having any earlier one than that, anyway... It was a long time ago... ;-)

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Edited to add: No, it wasn't that one! That IMEI website is a real stroll down memory lane. I'm pretty sure this was my first:

http://www.imei.info/phonedatabase/3506-nokia-2110/

Favourite phones through the years have included:

http://www.imei.info/phonedatabase/293-nokia-6310i/

A classic Nokia in all respects

http://www.imei.info/phonedatabase/739-sony-ericsson-p900/

My first foray into Smartphones. Loved the flip-numberpad that you could remove and the scroll/click/rocker wheel on the side!

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"Wow, that is old!"

No it isn't. It's GSM. Before GSM was TACS. And as the guy who had the (TACS) Steel pointed out in another post, before that was System 4 which ran in parallel with TACS for a while being shut down in the early '90s IIRC. I assume before that there must have been 3 previous generations. So much for 2G, 3G etc.

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Re: Maybe I'm old

I bought my first mobile as soon as getting a job after University. It was one of these bad boys:

http://www.cntr.salford.ac.uk/comms/etacs_mobiles.php

It was quite good, from what I remember, although I rarely used it as there weren't that many people I tended to call - plus the call costs were mad!

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Evolution or convergence?

Scrolling thought these images is like perusing pre-Cambrian fossils. Interesting, varied and quirky. Until life phones evolved into rectangles with rounded corners.

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What no Bricks?

No Bag phones either?

I guess I must be showing my age. ;-)

I can remember ~15 years ago people in rural areas paid a premium for bag phones. (They had enough power to connect to the towers from remote areas when the digital units failed to get a connection.)

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Precisely!

My first...and second cell phones were bag phones. Even had a spare 12 volt battery for them so I could maximize their usefulness. Got the first one in 1993...now that's vintage!

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SH888

Had one, together with the 5MX mentioned in the article. Sending mails while on the move, back in 1998.

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7110?

Where's the 7110? The "Matrix" phone? I'd say that had to be one of the coolest phones out there at the time.

I owned a RAZR (V3i), quite simply the best phone I ever had until I snapped it in half while arguing with my (now ex) geordie whore girlfriend. I haven't had much affection for a phone after that until I got my Z10.

P.S: Sorry if I offended any Geordies, but she was a Geordie, and a cheating slapper of a woman.

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Re: 7110?

I vaguely recall that although Nokia had done a marketing/product placement deal with the Matrix producers, because the actual 7110 was not available for the filing, they had to use a modified 8110 with spring for the slider (because that was a key marketing feature of the 7110). I had the unmodified former as my first phone on the One2One free weekend calls tariff (back when mobile calls were generally 40p/min across the board)

I also had one of the original V3 razors, in the first week of release when they cost an extra £200 on top of the large contract (before they became so prevalent, due to being ostensibly classy, yet free on contact, and hence common as muck). The more memorable (to me) factor was the supremely over engineered/ over specced box it came in - a very hefty brushed aluminium job you would (almost) be happy to see an external hard drive come in.

going back a bit, I had the T68, as a pleasant surprise free upgrade on a faulty T29. Had the T68i...Oh go on then, here comes the list of my mobiles, as far as I can still remember, and in no particular order (I generally only had 1 at a time, and the better model, later):

8110

6110

8210

T29

T68

T68i

V3

V3i

Samsung Omnia 800

XDA2

Sony Ericsson P800

Nokia N95

Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung Note2 (last 2+years)

Now I can't be arsed to upgrade really. Same with the PC. My 'Geek libido' is too low these days ;(

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Re: 7110?

Actually the matrix phone was the 8110, which incidentally didn't have the spring action. It was retro fitted with the spring mechanism just for the film.

I guess they liked it, so they put a spring on the 7110.

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Re: 7110?

I liked my 7110, but it was a bit odd... The screen was *huge* compared to the rest of the phone and the spring cover broke fairly quickly IIRC.

Having WAP was okay, but ISTR that it was quite flaky.

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Re: 7110?

I'd be interested to know how you found the Galaxy S2. I had one for a month and sold it. I would get on the tube at 8am in the morning (when I worked in london) and by 6pm the same day the battery will have died. It was total tosh.

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The huge screen was one thing I really liked about the 7110 - perfect for the carkit!

I never had a spring on the mic slider break, but the catch on the end occassionally failed, causing the cover to fly through the room when you tried to answer the phone. Aside from being mildly humorous, it also meant you could only hear (not talk) until you'd clicked it back on since it also housed the mic.

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You can f****** keep them

I'm between smart phones at the minute (sold my old one and waiting delivery of the new one) so I bought a cheap Samsung E1200 to cover the gap. I can't tell you how shit it is to go back to a 1 inch screen, no internet, 4 apps, 1 game, a crap signal, and that crappy old predictive text. Mind you, I bought it on Monday, fully charged it and it still has all it's power bars... maybe because it takes that fucking long to do anything on it I stopped bothering. My text replies now usually consist of "Yes", "No" or "Phone me"

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Re: You can f****** keep them

But the point is that you use it as a phone. You know, speech, and, welll.......erm.....speech.

But having said that, I wish I still had my Ericsson T28. There was design that showed that tosser Ive up for the complete knob he is. It was just soooooooo cool. And even though the damped flip panel was a bit fragile, it was still cooler than Ralgex freeze spray on your knackers.

I'd trade all of the computery-shit of a modern smart phone for an update of the T28 that just did calls and battery life brilliantly, and omitted all the crappy mobile interweb, second rate sat-nav, fart apps, and games for the hard of thinking. There is one extra thing I would like my updated T28 to have, and that's a media player and SD card slot - and I'd accept a small touch screen keyboard as the price for that.

Do we need to get this idea on Kickstarter?

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Re: You can f****** keep them

"can't tell you how shit it is to go back to a 1 inch screen, no internet, 4 apps, 1 game"

So in other words you want a toy, not a phone. That sums up most smartphone users IMO.

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I never had any of those, I went from a Nokia 6210 to a SE K800i, then back to Nokia for an E71, an HTC Wildfire S and now a Galaxy 4. Phone companies must hate me, only my fifth phone in thirteen years (and the G4 is only a month old).

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T68i

Wow, but we have to say, Motorola have indeed led the way from quite a while but I loved Sony Ericsson more.

In that light, where is the T28i? I also loved my T68i both of which I think I still have it lying around and I think it still works too. And what about the candybar W902i? I even got the X10i when they just launched it. It was a lovely phone but Android quite failed them on that front.

Was never a Nokia fun so I only got to own a Nokia this year with the Lumia 930 before they kicked the bucket in that market to become M$.

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"Sony" Ericsson? just Ericsson at that time :-) I've been a big fan of SE phones for several years (the K750i especially) but that came much later.

The T68i is a successor of another Ericsson model I had. Same kind of shape although taller, with an external antenna. This one didn't have a colour screen but a b/w screen with a coloured backlight! You could choose among 4 or 5 different colors, and even let the phone alternate between the available coulours. I liked it a lot, for this and the pulse-flashing LED that was typical to Ericsson phones at that time and allowed one to check if the phone was getting a signal in a blink of an eye (did they invent this?) I still have it in a drawer somewhere.

Another fancy model I had (ca. 1999) was an Alcatel phone with a pull-out antenna and a unique feature: you could remove the battery, flip a plastic bar at both ends of the battery slot and put 3 AA batteries instead! Who needs powerbanks? ;-)

My very first one was the Nokia 5110.

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Suggesting the SH888 "did data" is a bit disingenuous. Yes it could connect to a Psion or PC via a com port or IR and act as a slow modem, but thats all. There was no native data capabilities - you couldn't read your e-mail on it, or browse. It was just simply a modem capability - nothing else

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