Do you own a classic ?

Do you own a classic ?It’s about 2AM here in Barcelona as I type this, but I’ve noticed something that keeps happening fairly regularly at Coolsmartphone. Every week or so, I get notified of a comment on a really, really, really old handset review we did years back. Today it’s the turn of the Virgin Lobster 700 TV review which was originally written in 2006 (it’s dated late 2010 because we imported it into our newer systems). Anyhow, it turns out that someone still owns one, and he still uses it..

I’ve still got my Virgin Lobster after all these years. It’s a brick of a phone. I’ve dropped it countless times, and somehow it still works. I put a 2GB micro SD card in the back and haven’t had to delete a single text message in the 7 years I’ve had it. Just think of that! 7 years of your social life, all recorded. That’s almost as old as facebook!

The real quibble I have with this phone is exposed in some of the photographs above. It will dial 999 at the drop of a hat. Leave it in your pocket, put it in your bag… It doesn’t matter. Suddenly you’ll hear the “blip” that means it’s starting to make a call. You locked the phone. There’s only one number it can call with a locked keypad. That’s right! Emergency services… If you look at the phone side on (as in some of the photos above) you’ll notice that actually of all the keys on the keyboard the number 9 sticks out further than any other key. It’s also at the edge of the keypad and juts out. This is a design flaw: a huge, gaping hole in their design that has probably accounted for thousands of unintended calls to the emergency services. Great phone, if not for that! :)

Do you own a classic ?


This phone is now almost 6 years old. At the time it had a great deal of promise – a phone that could receive TV and DAB digital radio on the move. Surely this was the future? No internet streaming – just TV on your phone, direct from the transmitter!

Sadly no, the service was quickly discontinued and the Lobster became a “normal” smartphone once more, although we could never really get used to that wibbly-wobbly keypad.

So my question to you guys is this. With all the new flashy smartphones on display here in Barcelona, do you still use a really, really old smartphone, Pocket PC or “normal” phone on a daily basis? I’d love to know, and to see who has the oldest one. Perhaps Chris, who sent us the comment above, has the oldest smartphone here?

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  • Well, I have pretty retro Nokia 5110 which I don’t really use anymore – but still works nonetheless. See: http://twitpic.com/5drwhp

    I’ve also got fairly basic dual-SIM Nokia C2-00 which I carry everyday as a secondary/backup phone: http://twitpic.com/60wfpq

  • Itdoesntmatter

    I have a Motorola A1000 that actually found new life with my friend a day ago.

    So many features on it that would benefit the iplop I have; still a great piece of tech really.

    • James Pearce

      I loved my A1000. It was years ahead of it’s game.

  • Darren

    Still use my SPV C500

  • Mitch

    I know the old Nokia 6310 is still popular. My father still uses his everyday despite it being held together with an elastic band. It came out in about 2001.

  • James Pearce

    iPaq 514 and T-Mobile Ameo still both sort of get used

  • iPhone Fan

    Funnily enough I’ve just got my t-mobile mda compact iii out of the drawer! My wife’s iPhone 4 has broken and although she is using a cheap Nokia phone she needs Sat Nav for tomorrow. I was going to give her my 4s for the day but the mda fired up after a few minutes charging and Tom Tom works fine – I hope the map is up to date enough though!!!

  • Well, I still have the SPV Classic but I don’t use it anymore.