7 Old School Mobile Phones We’d All Love To See Make A Comeback

The return of the Nokia 3310 needs to spark some sort of old-school mobile phone revival.

The Nokia 3310 mobile phone.
The Nokia 3310 A thing of beauty Image Nokia

When it comes to mobile phone technology, these days it feels like the old adage of “be careful what you wish for” rings true. 

At loaded, we can still remember a time when mobile phones were the clunky preserve of the Yuppie elite. ‘If only,’ we collectively wondered all those years ago ‘mobile phones were available to the masses at a not-too-substantial fee.’

Fast forward a couple of decades though and it feels like things have gone too far the other way. These days most people can’t go more than a few minutes without a cursory glance at their mobile phone screen and it’s killing us.

We need to return to a simpler time, somewhere between those blocky mobile beginnings and today’s super smartphone generation when all phones did was make calls and send texts. A time when batteries lasted for days and phones were small and lightweight.

The revolution has already started with the re-release of the Nokia 3310 but we’re not done there – here are seven other old school mobiles we want brought back.


Bosch 509e

Believe it or not but there was a time when Bosch made more than just power tools. It was a great time to be alive. A time when people walked around with bright orange phones in a non-ironic way.


Blackberry 8700G

The perfect example of the short-lived craze for mobile devices with a metric fuck ton of buttons. The Blackberry may be gone but it’s not forgotten. Mainly because of Paris Hilton, but that’s not the point.


Motorola V70

Motorola were always trying to push the boundaries when it came to mobile design – even if no one particularly cared for the results. This reworking of the flip phone never caught on but there’s still time.


Ericsson R380

Remember when mobile phone internet capabilities were so shit it made more sense to head down to a local internet cafe rather than rack up big bills on pixellated rubbish? We do. Great times.


Alcatel Max db

These days the Alcatel Max db could probably pass for a landline phone or walkie talkie. That is if anyone with any sense was still using either of those things.


Samsung SGH A300

Samsung were real innovators when they brought out the SGH A300, a two-screen mobile that allowed the users to screen calls. Hang on, didn’t all mobiles kind of offer that? Oh never mind.


Nokia 8110


Worthy of inclusion in this list purely because it is the phone that featured in The Matrix, this Nokia beauty gave users the opportunity to become their very own versions of Neo.

Oh and it had Snake 2, a worthy sequel to the classic reptilian title of the same name. What a time to be alive.


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