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Many classic cell phones are still on sale online – refurbished, unlocked, full of nostalgia

Many classic cell phones are still on sale online – refurbished, unlocked, full of nostalgia
How would you like to own a piece of cell phone history – a classic handset from over a decade ago? Turns out that's totally possible. Many iconic cell phones are still on sale online even though their manufacturers have long discontinued their production and support. Here's what we managed to come across after a little digging.

Remember the Nokia 3310? With over 126 million units sold worldwide, it holds a special place in the hearts of many. And now, 14 years after the handset's release, online retailers are offering a 3310 in refurbished form for around $20 bucks or less. 

A classic Nokia 8210 costs $20 online

A classic Nokia 8210 costs $20 online

And speaking of Nokia phones, the Nokia 8210, which was the smallest and lightest Nokia at the time of its release (1999), costs roughly the same online. Yup, there actually was a time when people wanted a phone as small as possible. The Nokia 7110, also known as the "banana" phone, can be found on sale as well. However, it will cost you at least $40 to own the world's first handset with a WAP browser. On the other hand, a refurbished Nokia 1100 – the world's best-selling cell phone – can be had for just about $13.

Not much of a nostalgic Nokia fan? No worries! A number of old-school phones from other brands can be ordered from here and there. For those who miss the Motorola RAZR V3, refurbished units cost under 20 bucks online, available in a variety of colors. There's also the Motorola V70 with its unique rotating design, priced at rouglhy $40. We must also include the Sony K750 on the list – a phone that amazed us with its 2MP AF camera back in 2005. Its price online hovers around the $30 mark.

So yeah, if you're feeling nostalgic about the good old days when cell phones lasted a week on a single charge, or if you want to show the kids what people used to communicate in the late 20th century, or if you want to see the faces of the guys at the office when you pull out one of these, there's a good chance that you can grab a working old-school cell phone from an online store selling refurbished units. What classic cell phone model would you pick? Let us know in the comments!

references: AliExpress, eBay

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posted on 02 May 2014, 02:33 13

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 278; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Its like cockroaches... Tough to kill!

I bet It will survive nuclear war..

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:09

9. Ashoaib (Posts: 2427; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Well I have magnus, a chinese phone which last 5-6 days on a single charge and it just costed 13$ brand new... built quality is pretty solid... call quality is satisfactory... so for me, no need to look back

posted on 02 May 2014, 04:34 6

15. sriuslywtf (Posts: 278; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Haha.. Dude,, Were talking about "relics" here that time cant even destroy.. I bet your magnus is not around during the "feature phone era", also known as the golden age of Nokia..

posted on 02 May 2014, 05:09 3

18. Ashoaib (Posts: 2427; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


That time I was enjoying nokia.... hahaha
beside that I am saying "for me"... not for others, you can continue with your discussion about relics

posted on 02 May 2014, 05:36 2

19. sriuslywtf (Posts: 278; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Hahaha! Nokia should be on a Museum.

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:55 1

22. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


I have a couple of Nokia smartphones from the good ol' days that could end up in a museum... a Nokia 9300 and a Nokia E62. I got rid of all my other old Nokia phones over time, but those two I kept for good reason. I think I would give them up if I knew they would live the rest of their existence in a museum.

posted on 03 May 2014, 01:21

28. Tommy1960i (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I would like a Nokia 1100 but I am starting tu buy old phones to keep them. When I was 9 I wanted a Nokia phone, no matter wich i just wanted a Nokia. Then I had Nokia 6300, then wanted 6700 classic and N97 but I had an iPhone 4 instead of them.

posted on 02 May 2014, 02:40 7

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'll like to have a nokia 3310. I want to play all those 4 awesome games. I made a grave mistake selling it.

posted on 02 May 2014, 04:35 2

16. sriuslywtf (Posts: 278; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Yeah.. Grave mistake man.. Now, North Koreans are using them as warhead thanks to you..

posted on 04 May 2014, 01:43

30. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


LMAOO

posted on 02 May 2014, 02:41 8

3. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Funny how at one point everyone wanted a smaller and smaller device and now they want it to get bigger and bigger :D

posted on 02 May 2014, 02:59 1

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3728; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Many of these phones don't work well on modern cell networks. So I guess that means be sure to get an old phone supports the T-Mobile bands :)

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:02 2

6. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Even then, you can just buy it for self defense.

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:04 1

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Or you can break the Windows on a phone.

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:01 3

5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I want a Nokia 3310.

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:04 9

7. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Well, these Nokias are better than the Lumias.

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:14 3

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lol you said it +1

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:06 4

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


True fact....can't beat those phone. Classic legendary glory.

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:10

10. axislova (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


Ahhh really?

posted on 02 May 2014, 03:25

12. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Sure you can buy these real cheap....whose gonna get u the battery?...I have a moto razor....no genuine battery to go with it. Tried a couple from ebay and amazon...all died within a two weeks time.

posted on 02 May 2014, 04:02

13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1673; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


"or if you want to see the
faces of the guys at the office when
you pull out one of these,"
Nokia 1100 is still popular and used by many in india...so no one will stare at you if you pull one of those out here in india...

posted on 02 May 2014, 04:29

14. kabilan.ravi (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I still own my nokia 1100. Rock Solid....

posted on 02 May 2014, 04:44

17. aksa123 (Posts: 232; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Oh man I miss my ol' nokia so muchhhh !!! Too bad it overcharged and then bubbled and died. RIP my old friend.

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:13

20. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Would love to see some of the best symbians be on sale too

posted on 02 May 2014, 15:58

26. Deaconclgi (Posts: 328; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I regret selling my N82 Black. :(

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:29

21. orielwindow (Posts: 101; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)


Miss my old Nokia's!!! I switched to the Icon just to be using a Nokia again, and even though I'm now used to the Windows OS and it's limitations, it's still great to be using a Nokia again and getting all the Nokia accessories for the phone. There's just something about that brand that I've always been attracted to. It'll be a really sad day when Microsoft stops using the Nokia brand completely.

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:27

24. iphoneman37 (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


I remember my nokia 3310 and 3589i miss them both.

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:46

25. SIGPRO (Posts: 507; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


I owned 3210, still own 8850, N73, N8, N9, 1020 and 1520.
The 8850 is the grey alloy version and it still looks nice.
The N8.....man this phone rocks, still it makes better pictures than current phones!
The N9, Meego one of the best mobile os ever made!
The 1020 best camera phone on the market, no other phone brand can compete yet!

posted on 03 May 2014, 17:44

29. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3728; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It may not be shipping yet, but the new Galaxy K Zoom is going to be superior to the 1020 in many common situations. This is not to say the 1020 is bad, but even a great sensor cannot make up for more capable optics, i.e. 10x optical zoom.

posted on 04 May 2014, 05:34

31. SIGPRO (Posts: 507; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


K Zoom will not be better than the 1020, Like the S4 zoom looks like crap! Have you ever used a Pureview device? I guess not because you can zoom in to the pictures afterwards. If a pureview device will equip optical zoom (maybe in the future) it will be more awsome than now.

posted on 02 May 2014, 16:39

27. Blazers (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The 3310 won't work in the US, but the 3390 will.

This was a frustrating time for US mobile enthusiasts, as this was the era of "no mobile love for the USA" since phones back then weren't multiband.

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