Quite an interesting piece on the increasing popularity (and consequently value) of vintage cell phones

I was sent this link and whilst I don’t read The Mirror normally… thought it was interesting.

The prices are off (£150 for a 2G iPhone?? £60 for an n95?? Mine cost a fiver. HTC One?? That only came out five minutes ago) but this bit from a collector did resonate:

“Finding an old handset in the back of a drawer can be an evocative experience. People tend to remember the phone they had during significant periods in their lives, such as a certain job or a particularly memorable holiday. It’s interesting that a piece of technology can induce sentimental feelings in many people.”

Now the thing about humans is that nostalgia often brings us back to the toys, sports, teams and (yes) cell phones that remind us of the past. A famous fictional character once said that every day, the future looks a little bit darker but that the past… even the grimy parts of it… keep on getting brighter (kudos to anyone who can name that person).

So yes, people collect the vintage Star Wars figures or pick up a Super Nintendo, or buy a classic car they’ve wanted for years… or find their way back to the phone they had at university or school and played their first game of snake on. Or the cellphone they always wanted but never had or smashed that time they were drunk.

And that’s why the prices for second hand retro phones on eBay keep going up. And that’s why they’re remaking the Nokia 3110. And that’s why sites like this one are springing up.

They’re looking at remaking more old phones you know? I’m not sure I’d want a ‘re-imagined’ Nokia 8110 for the same reason that driving the modern Volkswagen Beetle left me feeling empty.

It makes as much sense to me as a £150 iPhone from 2007.

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    • I’ve not seen or played with one yet. Not got any strong feelings either way but doubt it’s for me. I personally view modern ios and Android phones as tools that do all kinds of different things and the older phones as throwbacks that I can use for simple calls and charge once a week.

      The remake would likely hit some kind of middle ground that I don’t really need.

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