Do you remember the Nokia 5110? That was a brick of a mobile phone with a battery lasting almost an entire week and a level of indestructibility that would put even RoboCop to shame. How about the fancy Motorola StarTac or the popular Ericsson? If you grew up in the same time with the cell phone industry, you surely remember these classics.
If you are younger and were born in the smartphone era, ask your parents about their degree of satisfaction related to the old – school cell phones. They will probably tell you they don’t make phones like that anymore.
But, for all the nostalgic out there and for all who feel the pressure of too much technology stealing away their lives, we have some good news: the vintage cell phones are raising from their graves and they don’t come cheap, either!
The European market seems more and more ready to go back to simpler times and use basic phones sporting basic functions. From this point of view, some old Nokias and Motorolas are now worth hundreds and even thousands of Euros. Let’s take a look into the details and see why the old – school cell phones are making such a revolutionary come-back.
Djassem Haddad started the site vintagemobile.fr in 2009. He targeted an interesting buyers niche and he wasn’t wrong: people feel the need to take a break from the ever – expanding hi – tech featured by all new smartphones and willingly pay big money for old phones. The most successful are said to be the Nokia 8210, the Motorola StarTac 130 and the Ericsson A2628. These models received some revamping, such as vividly colored cases and keys, and registered an “accelerated success”.
Why are people suddenly attracted by the vintage cell phones?
The owners of such second-hand phones online stores in France, together with some experts, have pretty legit explanations for this phenomenon. On one hand, the owner of vintagemobile.fr says it is the aging, high – end niche of customers who are into these phones. They either don’t manage well the complications brought by the newer generation of smartphones, or they just need a second, cheaper phone for basic activities. On the other hand, we seem to witness a new counter – culture trend. This is better described by Damien Douani, an expert on new technologies at FaDa agency, quoted by AFP:
There is a logic of counter-culture in reaction to the over-connectedness of today’s society, with disconnection being the current trend. That includes the need to return to what is essential and a basic telephone that is used only for making phone calls and sending SMSes. It is also about “being different. Today, everyone has a smartphone that looks just like another, while ten years ago, brands were much more creative
No matter the reasons, the vintage cell phones are rising back into the world and gaining an overwhelming popularity. Djassem Haddad said he sold phones reaching even the fabulous price of 1,000 Euros (a bit over $1,360) to young people wanting to be different and to older people feeling nostalgic.