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Title: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: mr_lou on 08:34, 26 November 20
There are communities for almost all retro platforms out there nowadays. Big enough to still get new games, new applications and even new hardware.
Combined with what the experts say about medias: That the future will have all of them: Vinyl records, tapes, CD's, DVD's Blu-ray, and streaming. Nothing will die. Everything will stay in their respective groups. Then surely retro phones are also still alive somewhere out there?

So I gotta ask: Where are the retro-phone people hiding? The people who just refuse to use a modern smartphone, for whatever reason.

I can't seem to find any such group anywhere. But surely they must be around?
I see no reason why the same can't apply to retro-phones as any other retro platform. New apps and games can still be made, and even new hardware expansions too, if there's any interest in that. But even more fun: New custom firmwares.

Every now and then I scout the current mobile market to see if any new phone has been made that might interest me. Did so recently because I had to find out which model we should buy at work. But I never find anything of interest for myself. Thus I've been using an old Sony Ericsson for years, and yesterday I bought another old Sony Ericsson on eBay. In my humble opinion, nothing has ever beaten the good old Sony Ericsson feature phones.  :)

But where is everyone else who's into the old phones?  :)
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: dthrone on 10:22, 26 November 20
Well here's mine.  Never owned a smartphone.  There are others out there like me, I do occasionally come across them and it is definitely a bonding moment!
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Gryzor on 10:30, 26 November 20
I had a SE feature phone (the one that was piano black and silver?) during my army service. It had a game with sheep you would fit around in cages IIRC, and due to the period I had it it may well be the single game I've played the most - ever :D

Quality-wise, it was crap, mobo died a few months in and from what I was told, this was a constant occurrence.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Ericsson_T610
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Bryce on 10:30, 26 November 20
I was going to answer you earlier, but I was having problems connecting my Fuba (Philips) Porty to the internet. Yes, I really own one of these!

The retro mobile scene exists, but it's rather small due to the fact that many older phones will no longer connect to anything because they were only 1G/2G or even A-Net or C-Net. There are still some fans out there, some who even convert the phones to work on modern networks. However, most of them are just collectors because even a working phone is mostly no longer functional.

 
Bryce.

Porty next to a 3in disk for size reference. I was toying with the idea of converting this to 4G and L-ion, but never did it.
Edit: Forgot to add a link that might be useful: https://www.mobilecollectors.net/
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Gryzor on 10:32, 26 November 20
FUBAR potty?
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: mr_lou on 10:49, 26 November 20
I had a SE feature phone (the one that was piano black and silver?) during my army service. It had a game with sheep you would fit around in cages IIRC, and due to the period I had it it may well be the single game I've played the most - ever :D

Quality-wise, it was crap, mobo died a few months in and from what I was told, this was a constant occurrence.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Ericsson_T610 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Ericsson_T610)

The SE T610 was a nightmare for most JavaME devs. They all complained it was impossible to dev for because of bugs and weird limitations.
Because of this, I made sure our first two games worked on the T610.  ;D
Not saying it was easy, but it wasn't a nightmare.
As far as I remember, the T610 was actually Sony Ericsson's very first Java-enabled phone. Then game T630 which was an upgraded version. I think I had the T630 once.
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Gryzor on 11:01, 26 November 20
Ah, the 630 was both an upgrade AND looked like a downgrade :D
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Bryce on 11:10, 26 November 20
I had an SE T68 for a very short time (with plug-on camera). I later had a SE K800i, one of the nicest looking phones I've ever owned.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Gryzor on 11:15, 26 November 20
Hehe I didn't know about the plugin camera... that looks like a toy :D

I remember the K800 though, that one looked the part!
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: AMSDOS on 11:22, 26 November 20

Combined with what the experts say about medias: That the future will have all of them: Vinyl records, tapes, CD's, DVD's Blu-ray, and streaming. Nothing will die. Everything will stay in their respective groups. Then surely retro phones are also still alive somewhere out there?



Forgive my intrusion, but what about VHS and Betamax?


 I don't know if it's true, though an aquaintenance told me how a VHS made a better Audio medium from a Cassette tape, I guess because of the width? Though they still seem to be prone to damage despite having a protective door.
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: dragon on 11:36, 26 November 20
My father work all this life in telefonica.




I have view/have all telephones released by telefonica even the more rare. Heraldos, formas, domos, tape cons
Testador, teide coins centralite for bars etc etc.plus adsl routers modems and so.


I have ever the lucky of view very old centralites from years 60 stored inside a modern Cobre/Fibre telefonica centralite.


Telefonica stop manufacturing telephones after the domo 3 with the internet auge.


Nobody wants today telephones.


I remember my first Internet connection was using the mobile of my father connect ed to my pc. I remember was a siemens mobile.


I remember connect to the telefonica intranet and I navegate free. At slowww speed :D .













Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: mr_lou on 12:51, 26 November 20
I had an SE T68 for a very short time (with plug-on camera). I later had a SE K800i, one of the nicest looking phones I've ever owned.

The T68i was my first Sony Ericsson phone. Freakin' awesome phone!!! Extremely nice built-quality, and lots of functionality.
I didn't have the camera. I did have an mp3-player plugin though, which I used a lot!  :)
I also used my T68i to remotely control Winamp via bluetooth, showing the playlist on the display. Extremely nice!

The K800 was a MIDP2.0 phone. All of SE's MIDP2.0 phones were awesome. Nice UI and fast Java execution. Intelligent predictive T9 dictionary unlike what I see in the new Nokia 3310. Seriously, the SE Java-phones deserve just as much praise as most of the retro computer platforms out there.

I want a retro revolution.
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Bryce on 12:56, 26 November 20
I probably still have the T68 and plug-in camera if you want them.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: mr_lou on 13:01, 26 November 20
I probably still have the T68 and plug-in camera if you want them.

I still have my T68i too.  :)
But no thanks. I just bought a Sony Ericsson Zylo from eBay yesterday, which I'm planning on using as my main phone when it gets here.  :D
Good price in UK! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-Ericsson-Zylo-W20i-Chacha-Silver-Brand-New-Retro-Mobile-Phone-Unlocked/224237040367
Get yours today too!  8)
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Gryzor on 15:02, 26 November 20
Damn, IT SLIDES!!! SO HAI TECH!
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: mr_lou on 15:04, 26 November 20
Damn, IT SLIDES!!! SO HAI TECH!

DATS RITE!!!!! GET ONE NOW!
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Bryce on 16:11, 26 November 20
And a mind-spinning 256MB of RAM to play with!!

Bryce.
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: Gryzor on 16:14, 26 November 20
Posh kids...
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: VincentGR on 18:36, 26 November 20
I use this from time to time.





Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: skylas on 03:39, 31 December 20
Had a NOKIA for 10 years, after 1.000.000 falls  ;D , the screen was not working! (the phone was working normally).
So I decided to replace it with another newer NOKIA, still refusing to have internet on the phone. 
I prefer to see mails/forums/facebook etc when i have time for that, and keep the phone for more serious issues. 
And, especially, I dont like at all to see people drink a coffee together and dont talk, but each one is looking in their phone.
Difficult not to have direct access to internet sometimes, but i prefer that. 
Title: Re: Where are the retro-phone people?
Post by: tjohnson on 16:29, 31 December 20
Had a NOKIA for 10 years, after 1.000.000 falls  ;D , the screen was not working! (the phone was working normally).
So I decided to replace it with another newer NOKIA, still refusing to have internet on the phone. 
I prefer to see mails/forums/facebook etc when i have time for that, and keep the phone for more serious issues. 
And, especially, I dont like at all to see people drink a coffee together and dont talk, but each one is looking in their phone.
Difficult not to have direct access to internet sometimes, but i prefer that.
Yeah I agree, for years I avoided a smart phone but have had an android for about 4 years.  It can be handy but also annoying at times and I do find it taking up far more of my time than I should allow it.  I think I still have a Nokia in the loft.