The Motorola StarTAC
model was introduced to the relatively new mobile phone market in 1996. At the time, it had some distinctive features that set it apart from the rest. It was the first clamshell phone to ever be produced.
Up until then people had to make do with clumsy, chunky one-piece units. It also had the first vibrating function. The flip-open phone was small and light and was hailed as a revolutionary piece of technology. The 2005 edition of PC World
magazine reviewed it as a very important historical gadget. Today this phone can command a princely sum of four hundred and fifty Euro
and upwards in the mobile phone trading marketplace.
The Ericsson T10
was first introduced in 1999. It too had a distinctive flip clamshell design, and it had monochrome graphic display. It had GSM technology
which hadn't been heard of, a vibrating feature and a choice of monophonic ringtones.
The cell had a removable battery and was small in size and light in weight, when compared to the cheaper more average versions going around. Users could add an extra keyboard
to the bottom and it even had a voice recognition feature, by recording names the phone would select them by memory. This phone today will fetch you a tidy sum of two thousand Euro.
The Nokia 8110
was first introduced in 1996 so it celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. The phone became famous when used in the movie The Matrix
, which starred Keanu Reeves. It wasn't long before every man in the world wanted the stylish banana shaped model
It had six ringing tones with a wide variety of levels of volume and the sliding cover which protected the keyboard activated the phone when flipped open. For phone junkies, this delight was a must have and people broke the bank just to be seen using it. The phone is highly sought after by collectors so if you still have one you might earn yourself a fast three hundred Euro
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