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Hello? 1996?

Hey, remember when phones were getting smaller and smaller instead of bigger and more complicated?

Ran across this in a box of junque as I embarked on a Spring clean. Cleaning is something I’m not at all good at. For a big clean, what I generally do is start at the front door and work my way through the house foot by foot, sorting crap and cleaning as I go.

Everything I have a place for gets put away, but behind me as I move a wave grows of things that are probably useless but I’m unwilling to throw away. A spare electric toothbrush charger. The harmonica my father sent me shortly before he died. Allll the USB cables in the worrrrld.

At the end, I’m left with a hard knot of puzzling rubbish. Usually, it goes in a box and the box gets wheeled into the Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse.

I’m holding on to the phone, though. Could come in handy if they make us use the test and trace app.


Comment from JC cOLLINS
Time: April 13, 2021, 8:46 pm

I keep a couple if old phones around, just as PDAs.Storing the phone numbers of dead friends. A sweet sadness.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 13, 2021, 9:15 pm

Our garage is the Lost Ark warehouse annex.

Comment from OldFert
Time: April 13, 2021, 11:30 pm

Keep the harmonica.

Comment from ea
Time: April 14, 2021, 12:06 am

Tracfone made me give up that exact (at least it looks like it) phone last March.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 14, 2021, 1:44 am

I used to carry two Motorola StarTac phones at the same time. I loved them; small but very good call quality. I didn’t carry two because I loved them but because my boss was an idiot. We could not use our personal cell phones for business and get reimbursed nor could we use our company cell phones for personal use and pay the difference each month. Further cell phones, private or business did not work when we were in the office because he was too ignorant and cheap to buy a repeater to bring the signal into the office. I tried to explain that, in business, you should have one number and always be accessible at that number..but he said that if you didn’t answer at one number, they would call the other. He wasn’t as much of a dinosaur as the old boss who had his secretary print all his email, and who then scribbled his responses on the paper copy for his secretary to type into the computer, but I was glad when he finally went extinct.

Anyhow, I don’t see the flip phone coming back. The standard iPhone et al font size is about the smallest practical screen size for most peoples’ eyes.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 14, 2021, 1:30 pm

I was forced onto an Iphone when I went to get a new flip phone after the screen died.

They wanted $150 for a low end flip phone – $80 for a new Iphone. Since then Mrs D gives me her phone hand me downs, otherwise I’d still be on the Iphone-4.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 14, 2021, 2:28 pm

Goodbye Bernie, ya crooked, lyin’, scoundrel. Let’s call this “early release.”

Bernard Lawrence Madoff (April 29, 1938 – April 14, 2021) was an American market maker, investment advisor, financier and convicted fraudster who served a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme.

Died in prison.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 14, 2021, 8:05 pm

Now if only some of the people I’m sure were Bernie’s friends before he got caught would join him.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: April 15, 2021, 3:00 pm

Yeah, so I’m a day late, but I must complain. I have small hands! I don’t WANT a giant phone!!! And they just keep getting bigger!

Comment from BJM
Time: April 15, 2021, 4:10 pm

Old cell phones make really good desk paperweights and are excellent for holding books open too.

@Mrs. Peel…I have the opposite problem…my hands are large and it’s almost impossible to hit those tiny text buttons accurately. I personally blame Hedy Lamarr for this.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 15, 2021, 7:11 pm

@Stoaty…Huh? Even if that SIM could be reactivated on current systems, it contains your ID which would reveal your current cell acct. The authorities would have questions. They can’t run a country effectively, but they can ferret out and meter punishment for the smallest of infractions of laws that give them control over our lives.

The UK is further down that path than the US, but only because of a smaller population and that Brits are more circumspect and law-abiding by nature. We tend to ignore laws/rules we don’t like, and there are so many more of us that it’s like herding cats. They’ll get a handle on it cos fascists are excellent record keepers.

Our Gummints didn’t have to implant chips, we bought them ourselves.

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