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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Kissing Lettuce, Jul 13, 2005.

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  1. Howcome they are popular in the US and UK yet
    they've not made an appearance here?

    The US has had them for the last 3 years or so and the UK
    too but I've never heard of anyone trying to market them here
     
  2. Tom

    Tom Guest


    Do we need them? There's enough plastic bottles and fast food packaging
    laying around, do we need more trash?
    Tom
     
  3. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Couldn't the $50 ones be considered disposable already :)

    MrT.
     
  4. Frank Jones

    Frank Jones Guest

    Vodafone had a deal a few months back selling some Motorola phone for
    $30. It was advertised as the 'Disposable Mobile'.

    They sold out very quickly.
     
  5. nva

    nva Guest

    Most current phones are disposable. Let's see how many of the phones
    sold today are still in working condition in three years.
     
  6. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Thats because we already have cheap NON-DISPOSABLE phones
     
  7. Michael

    Michael Guest

    You are lucky to get a good 12-15 mths out of any new phone now
     
  8. Rod Speed

    Rod Speed Guest

    Bullshit.
     
  9. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Of course they're disposable, they just aren't marketed as such.

    MrT.
     
  10. I've still got a "working" Orbitel 902 (aka "Evolution") floating
    around somewhere.

    That must be around 10 years old and works as well as it ever did
    (which wasn't at all well). Replaced it with a Nokia 2110 fairly
    shortly after buying the Orbitel, and tried to offload it onto
    relatives and friends. Within a couple of weeks it invariably came
    back to me.

    What a fucking piece of shit waste of money that thing was. Couldn't
    even give it away.
     
  11. jb

    jb Guest

    What a fucking piece of shit waste of money that thing was. Couldn't
    Send it over, good for the fire.

    -mark
     
  12. Jason

    Jason Guest

    What are you talking about? In the seven years I've lived in the UK,
    I've never once heard anyone (or even in uk.telecom.mobile!) talk of a
    disposable phone.

    Point me to where I can buy a phone marketed as such...

    --

    Cheers,

    Jason.

    A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
    Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
    A: Top-posting.
    Q: What is the most annoying thing on Usenet and in e-mail?
     
  13. Rod Speed

    Rod Speed Guest

    Yeah, quite a few complete duds from that era.

    I never did pay anything much for any mobile phone,
    the only one I ever bought new was the Nokia 5110
    which Optarse was stupid enough to flog for $5/month.

    Gotta discarded Alcatel One Touch View which is a bit
    unusual in the sense that it accepts conventional AA batterys
    and so is quite useful for a true emergency phone in the car etc.

    Dont actually need it anymore since I have everything in the
    mobile phone when I leave the house, watch, shopping lists etc.
     
  14. KLR

    KLR Guest

    I have been lucky then. had a kyocera CDMA 3245 for about 2 years, no
    problem

    i notice too that telstra techs still use the old model kyocera phones
    that have been around for many many years
     
  15. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Spectacular logic, and deduction.

    I take my hat off to you
     


  16. The ones I am talking about have only a kepad and no
    display. They can only dial a few preset numbers as
    well.

    Here's some URLs that look interesting
    http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/chips/0,39020354,39185441,00.htm

    http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2001jan/pda20010122003898.htm

    Supposedly invented in 2001
    http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2001jan/pda20010122003898.htm

    http://english.people.com.cn/200208/06/eng20020806_101003.shtml
     
  17. Jason

    Jason Guest

    Interesting reading, but...

    Apart from the first URL saying"TI's DRP technology may also have big
    implications for companies in the UK", there's not a single mention
    of any of those being available in the UK.

    --

    Cheers,

    Jason.

    A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
    Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
    A: Top-posting.
    Q: What is the most annoying thing on Usenet and in e-mail?
     
  18. Rod Speed

    Rod Speed Guest

    Pathetic excuse for bullshit.
     
  19. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    IME, the relatively high price of replacement batteries is what
    renders a phone disposable.


    - Franc Zabkar
     
  20. Qansett

    Qansett Guest

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    Saw someone at Wynyard Station with and old Motorola 7500 strapped to his
    belt with original pouch
    I had one of those 10 years ago.
     
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