Cell Phones


Vodafone Merry Christmas First SMS NFT Auction
“Merry Christmas” is reportedly the first SMS ever sent, and it just sold for a whopping €132,680 ($150,094 USD) as an NFT at auction. This message was reportedly sent on the Vodafone network way back in December 1992 and all proceeds raised from this sale will be donated to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone Bluetooth Mobile Phone
This isn’t an early April Fools’ Day joke, but rather a real special edition Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone with mobile phone capabilities. You read that right, its familiar rotary dial face design now connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth wireless technology, so you’ll be able to make real calls. Now it wouldn’t be a Chatter Telephone without wheels, and you’ll find four of them here. Read more for a video and additional information.

Man Swallows Nokia 3310 Mobile Phone
A 33-year-old man from Pristina, Kosovo somehow managed to swallow an entire Nokia 3310 mobile phone, which some tout as nearly indestructible. Fortunately, this person was smart enough to drive themselves to the hospital after experiencing intense pain four days following the ordeal. Skender Teljaku was the doctor who performed the operation and showed not only the X-ray image of the lodged object, but the aftermath as well. Read more to see how the handset came out of the body.

Mudita Pure Mobile Phone
At $369, the Mudita Pure wants to keep your mobile phone experience simple and refined. From afar, the device may appear to be a Nokia 3310, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that it’s a much more modern handset. The company touts that the Mudita Pure stands out for offering the lowest ‘SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value among all mobile phones on the market, thus protecting users from electromagnetic radiation. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Martin Cooper Motorola DynaTAC Mobile Phone Inventor
Martin “Marty” Cooper is better known as the “father of the cell phone,” and rightfully so. He invented the first handheld cellular mobile phone in 1973, led the team that developed the DynaTAC 8000x (DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) and then successfully brought it to market in 1983. Measuring 10-inches long, it weighed in at a hefty 2.5 pounds mainly due to its massive battery, which weighed 4-5 times more than a modern cell phone. Read more for a video and additional information.

Nokia 2720 Flip Verizon
HMD Global’s Nokia 2720 Flip is finally launching in the US through Verizon on May 20, priced at $79.99. As expected, this mobile phone includes only the most basic of features, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and a web browser. It features a main 2.8-inch QVGA display that folds down when not in use, a 1.3-inch outer display, and a physical keypad. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.

Rotary 4G Cell Phone
Photo credit: Sky’s Edge
Justine Haupt’s company, Sky’s Edge, built a custom rotary dial cellphone earlier this year, and now, she wants to give consumers a chance to purchase one. The aim was to rid smartphones of t heir battery-draining distractions, such as the touchscreen. A “mark 2″ model is currently being developed, and instead of 3G, data connectivity has been upgraded to 4G. Read more for a video and additional information.

Nokia 8.3 5G Smartphone
Touted as a future-proof 5G smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 has been specially designed to support multiple and evolving 5G network deployments, with support for both standalone as well as non-standalone 5G combinations. It’s also the first smartphone to use the Qualcomm 5G RF Front end module solution, condensing more than 40 different RF components into a single module, making it not only a global device but also a future-proof smartphone which is ready for the next step in 5G technology. Read more for a video and additional information.

Cell Phone Rotary Dial
Photo credit: Justine Haupt
Engineer Justine Haupt hated all the distractions that modern smartphones have, so she came up with an unusual solution: a basic cell phone with a rotary dial. How do you use it? Just like you would a normal rotary phone by placing a finger in the desired number and then turning it until the dial touches the metal clip before letting go. Read more for additional pictures and information.

L8STAR BM60 Mini Smallest Flip Phone
Looking for a novelty phone, or just something to use as backup when traveling? If so, then look no further than the L8STAR BM60 Mini, which is touted as the “world’s smallest mini flip phone”. It’s designed to be used as a basic cell phone and music player, so you won’t find a fancy touchscreen display on this device, but rather just a 1.14-inch TFT screen. On the bright side, a full charge should last you around 3-days of use. Read more for a hands-on look and additional information.