Within the earlier Flashback publish we talked about that Ericsson produced a particular Coca-Cola version cellphone. And this was years earlier than the Pepsi cellphone, thoughts you. However we gained’t simply give attention to beverage-branded telephones right now, as an alternative we’ll go for normal weirdness. Listed below are some extra bizarre telephones from sudden manufacturers.
The cellphone with a candy tooth
Launched on the finish of 2000, a 12 months after the “unflavored” mannequin grew to become out there, the Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola particular version arrived within the UK. This wasn’t out there to simply anybody, oh no, you needed to earn it.
And by “earn it” we imply that you just needed to acquire 60 ring pulls from Coke cans and/or cellphone tokens (paper tokens you could possibly discover hooked up to pick out bottles).
The Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola particular version (picture credit score)
What you get in return was a promotional package deal with in depth Coca-Cola branding. This contains the cellphone itself, which had a branded entrance panel, the provider brand on the display screen was additionally swapped out. Even higher the pre-loaded ringtone performed the Coca-Cola theme, however that was about it.
There are just a few of those telephones – and their authentic packaging – on eBay if you wish to add one to your assortment.
The disposable cellphone
While you hear the Bic model title, do you suppose pens or disposable razors? Whoever is liable for this subsequent merchandise was pondering the latter – meet the Bic Cellphone, a disposable cellphone marketed in France and Spain by Orange.
It was actually an alcatel OT-S210 with the Bic Boy painted on (Bic was barely concerned on this, it simply collected royalty funds for lending its title). Anyway, right here’s the concept behind this questionable gadget.
The Bic Cellphone would promote for €19 and include a charged battery and 10 minutes of speak time. The battery would last as long as 4 hours of calls (and you could possibly hearken to FM radio). The battery was simple to recharge over microUSB, however recharging the minutes was a a lot greater trouble.
You needed to mail a registration kind to Orange, as soon as accepted, this added 50 minutes of speak time. Afterwards, extra minutes could possibly be added with Mobicarte vouchers. So, this isn’t actually disposable, but in addition not one thing meant for long-time use. It was one thing you’d purchase on the airport, expend and stick in a drawer for the remainder of time.
Contemplating that there’s a rising help for decreasing digital waste, you’d suppose that the Bic Cellphone was one thing from the 90s and even 80s. Nope, Orange concocted this concept in 2008.
The cellphone with 11 herbs and spices
Colonel Sanders has a secret recipe for fried rooster, however we by no means anticipated him to cook dinner up a smartphone. And but in 2017 that’s simply what he did – KFC was celebrating its 30 12 months anniversary since opening its first retailer in China and launched an Android-powered cellphone for tremendous followers (based mostly on the Huawei Get pleasure from 7 Plus).
Solely 5,000 models had been made and so they had been out there by a particular web page on Tmall or by the KFC app. This app was actually the star of the present – it got here pre-loaded on the cellphone and was common as a result of it allowed customers to order and pay by their cellphone. Any cellphone, thoughts you, not simply the KFC one. Not dangerous, even when not fairly wonderful for 2017.
The Ok-music app was much more fascinating. It put customers in command of the music playlist within the KFC restaurant they had been visiting – the corporate boasted 4,000 KFC places in China on the time.
The cellphone that was a SatNav
Properly, two telephones, really. Have you ever heard the time period “SatNav”? It stands for Satellite tv for pc Navigation and refers to digital gadgets that use GPS (and related positioning techniques) to supply driving instructions. Sure, similar to each smartphone underneath the Solar right now.
However this was 2009 and digital maps nonetheless required costly purchases and subscriptions (this was earlier than Nokia dropped the bomb). Garmin had a protracted historical past of constructing GPS gadgets – something from hand-held receivers to aircraft cockpits – whereas Asus introduced within the cellphone know-how. A match made in heaven.
Two telephones had been demoed at MWC 2009 (take a look at our report from then). The Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 had a 3.55” resistive touchscreen (272 x 480 px), ran a customized Linux distro and had 4GB of on-board storage (plus a microSD slot, maps could be large if you wish to traverse a complete continent).
The opposite was the Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20, a Home windows Cell 6.1 system (later up to date to six.5). It had a smaller however a lot sharper show, 2.8” with 480 x 640 px decision, and was powerd by an early Qualcomm chipset (528 MHz CPU).
Each had on-board GPS receivers, in fact, in addition to a compass. The loudspeaker lived as much as its title as a voice blasted from it, supplying you with turn-by-turn instructions. There was additionally Ciao!, which was billed as a “location-based social networking” app. Its foremost function was the flexibility to share your location together with your good friend (who may then use their Garmin system to navigate your location).
Anyway, the next 12 months the 2 firms launched the nuvifone A50, an Android 2.1 Eclair cellphone, and the nuvifone M10, one other Home windows Cell system. They featured Garmin’s PhotoReal Junction View. No, not like Road View, a 3D rendering of the junction, however nonetheless fairly helpful.
On the subsequent “Bizarre telephones”…
That wraps it up for right now, however there are different bizarre devices to cowl in future installments – we are able to virtually style them… okay, we must always most likely lay off the junk meals smartphones.