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  Reply # 51682 9-Nov-2006 00:24
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Motorola also made a horrible GSM flip that had about 6 hours standby. Spend any amount of time making calls and you needed to carry a spare battery with you!


I had that phone, the 5200... The brainiac designer decided that the normal keypad layout wasnt good enough, so put ABC on 1 all the way thru, making calling a word number a frustrating exercise. No sending texts back then so that wasnt an issue. And I think it was more like 8 hours standby and an hour talk or something like that. Was so bad I had to swap batteries at the end of the day. Good thing it came with a rapid charger with 2 slots otherwise you wouldnt be able to even keep the thing on all the time.  




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  Reply # 51693 9-Nov-2006 07:56
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sbiddle:
Motorola also made a horrible GSM flip that had about 6 hours standby. Spend any amount of time making calls and you needed to carry a spare battery with you!


I had that phone, the 5200... The brainiac designer decided that the normal keypad layout wasnt good enough, so put ABC on 1 all the way thru, making calling a word number a frustrating exercise. No sending texts back then so that wasnt an issue. And I think it was more like 8 hours standby and an hour talk or something like that. Was so bad I had to swap batteries at the end of the day. Good thing it came with a rapid charger with 2 slots otherwise you wouldnt be able to even keep the thing on all the time.  


The word number problem was hardly Motorola's fault, there were actually a few different formats used including another than had QZ on the 1 key. At least that's one problem that was sorted!


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I still have somewhere in working condition (and another ripped into parts) a Nokia which was like that, Q and Z where on the one from memory, really confusing. It was actually capable of MO-SMS, possibly the first handset to support sunch a "useless feature"

Some phone voice (IVR) services which allowed "name entry" would often state, "Press 7 for Q and 9 for Z"
How things have changed!!!!!!!!!

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  Reply # 51766 9-Nov-2006 19:16
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paradoxsm: I still have somewhere in working condition (and another ripped into parts) a Nokia which was like that, Q and Z where on the one from memory, really confusing. It was actually capable of MO-SMS, possibly the first handset to support sunch a "useless feature"

Some phone voice (IVR) services which allowed "name entry" would often state, "Press 7 for Q and 9 for Z"
How things have changed!!!!!!!!!


While tidying up the other day ready to move homes I found my old GSM collection. A Nokia 2010, 2012, 4x2110's, a 3810 and a couple of 1610's. Might get $1 for all of them if I'm lucky! :-)

I also found my 2110i PCMCIA card as well, I used this in 1998 with my Cassiopeia while I was travelling around Europe. I could use iPass roaming to get my emails using CSD since internet cafes were pretty scarce then.


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  Reply # 51772 9-Nov-2006 19:28
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The word number problem was hardly Motorola's fault, there were actually a few different formats used including another than had QZ on the 1 key. At least that's one problem that was sorted!



Actually it was their fault, as I had used phones all the way back to beige brick phones and mammth briefcase phones that had all the letters in the right place. The q and z thing was a recent thing to get sorted, it wasnt that long ago that atm's had that on the 1 key. IMO there was no excuse for motorola to deviate from the norm with that phone.

The keypad layout was the least of the worries back then, the biggest was having to walk outside and up a hill in order to make a call and the dire frequancy that calls would drop if you were moving. Makes todays 3g dropouts look like nothing.        




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While tidying up the other day ready to move homes I found my old GSM collection. A Nokia 2010, 2012, 4x2110's, a 3810 and a couple of 1610's. Might get $1 for all of them if I'm lucky! :-)

I also found my 2110i PCMCIA card as well, I used this in 1998 with my Cassiopeia while I was travelling around Europe. I could use iPass roaming to get my emails using CSD since internet cafes were pretty scarce then.



Are you going to hang on to them though? I still haul out the ol' motorola brick I have three, of these, two brand new and one which is used a bit for an occasional "oh my god" show! to the mall sometimes just for a laugh,
and THAT TRADEME AUCTION IS NOT MINE! $500 he wanted...... oh dear!

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  Reply # 51784 9-Nov-2006 20:09
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While tidying up the other day ready to move homes I found my old GSM collection. A Nokia 2010, 2012, 4x2110's, a 3810 and a couple of 1610's. Might get $1 for all of them if I'm lucky! :-)

I also found my 2110i PCMCIA card as well, I used this in 1998 with my Cassiopeia while I was travelling around Europe. I could use iPass roaming to get my emails using CSD since internet cafes were pretty scarce then.



Are you going to hang on to them though? I still haul out the ol' motorola brick I have three, of these, two brand new and one which is used a bit for an occasional "oh my god" show! to the mall sometimes just for a laugh,
and THAT TRADEME AUCTION IS NOT MINE! $500 he wanted...... oh dear!


Yeah will still keep them.

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  Reply # 51804 9-Nov-2006 22:34
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I know someone that still has a motorola gsm brick around their office somewhere. Its the threat phone, as in, if you lose another bloody work phone when out drinking, your getting this one...  




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