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Nokia 2720 Flip
Photo credit: The Verge
If you love flip phones, and only need the most essential functions, then you might want to check out the Nokia 2720 Flip. In addition to integrated AI technology and familiar flip-phone design that combines simplicity and reliability in a durable device, the 2720 also comes with WhatsApp and Facebook pre-installed on KaiOS to make sure you’re connected to what matters. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.

Nokia 800 Tough
HMD Global’s Nokia 800 Tough is the first rugged phone from the company, and it’s not only water / dust proof, but also protected against drops as well as being designed to withstand extreme temperatures, making it an ideal worksites or travels. Despite its basic looks, the mobile phone still has Google Assistant, WhatsApp Facebook, 4G connectivity and more. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

Roller Coaster Mobile Phone Catch
There are roller coaster enthusiasts all over the world, but rarely do you hear a story like this one. Samuel Kempf, who lives in New Zealand, visited PortAventura World theme park in Catalonia, Spain and showed off his lightning-quick reflexes by accident when he caught a stranger’s mobile phone while riding a coaster. It just so happened that the on-ride camera captured the exact moment Kempf caught the phone while riding the 80-mph coaster. Read more for the clip and additional information.

Supreme Mobile Phone
In Supreme’s fall / winter 2019 catalog, you’ll find a “burner phone” manufactured by Blu. It drops on August 22nd, and unfortunately, there’s no smart functions at all on the device. This 3G only mobile phone features a 2.4-inch screen, 128MB of internal storage, a 16GB memory card, and yes, there’s even a built-in camera. Read more for another picture and additional information.

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Medals
The opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics may be in one year, but the medal designs have just been unveiled. Nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones as well as electronic devices were collected from all around Japan, and will be used in the handcrafting every gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded to athletes at next year’s games. There expect to be approximately 5,000 medals handed out between the two games. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Switch to Flip Phone Contest

Frontier Communications is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first ever flip-phone, so the Utah-based ISP decided to offer $1,000 to someone willing to ditch their modern smartphone for a week. There are a few requirements for the winner, and they include recording how long it takes them to do simple tasks such as texting, sending emails, how much sleep they get, and whether their productivity increases during the experiment. Read more for another video and additional information on how to enter.

Man Scratches Face Cell Phone Fine
Sure, scratching your face, especially near the ear area, can sometimes be mistaken for cell phone usage from afar, but this man was at the wrong place and time. While driving down the road in Jinan, eastern Shandong province, the man in the picture received a notification stating that he’d broken the law by talking on a phone while driving, and attached was a surveillance photo of the offense. Even after stating his case, he received two penalty points on his license and is required to pay a 50 yuan ($7.25) fine. Read more for the full uncropped image and additional information on the outcome.

Motorola Worlds First Mobile Phone Call

Before 1973, mobile telephony was limited to phones that were equipped in cars and other vehicles. Motorola was the very first company to develop a handheld mobile phone. On April 3, 1973, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, his rival. Thie prototype handheld phone he used weighed 2.4 lb and measured 9.1 by 5.1 by 1.8 in. It boasted a talk time of just 30 minutes and took 10 hours to re-charge. Read more for another video explaining why it was an epic troll, along with a bonus clip.

Cellebrite UFED
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You may have never heard of the Cellebrite UFED (Universal Forensic Extraction Device), but it’s used by the police, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, etc. on smartphones, memory cards and more. Typically, current models cost around $15,000, but cybersecurity researcher Matthew Hickey managed to pick up several UFEDs from eBay for just $100 each. He found details on what phones law enforcement officials searched, when they were accessed and the data retrieved. Read more for a video showing how it works.

Punkt MP02 Mobile Phone

Priced at $400 and more than many unlocked smartphones, the Punkt MP02 is designed as a mobile detox device offering only the most basic of features. In addition to calling and texting, this 88g device boasts 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi tethering for your tablet/laptop, microUSB charging, and a simple display with an anti-reflective coating. “I founded Punkt to offer a viable alternative for those feeling overwhelmed by the advanced technologies that have pervaded modern lifestyles. If anyone wants to talk to me, they can give me a call. Other forms of communication, for example email or social media, are available when I choose to use them – and via a linked device that allows me to use them more effectively,” said Petter Neby, founder of Punkt. Read more for a detailed hands-on video, additional pictures and information.