An ancient Nokia phone saves the life of a lost hiker

An ancient Nokia phone saves the life of a lost hiker
Liu Quanming, aged 70, was on a hiking trip on June 20. At some point, the Taiwanese national lost sight of the hiking party, and soon after got lost and slipped and fell into a ravine, according to officials. 

His phone -- an unnamed, "decade-old" Nokia feature phone -- was separated from its owner during the fall. While a searching party, reportedly 250 men strong, spend days trying to locate the elderly hiker, it was on the fifth day that the search bore fruit, and the credit apparently goes to his sturdy and enduring Nokia phone. Indeed, apparently Liu's Nokia phone held both its physical integrity and its charge during the entire episode and allowed officials to triangulate the phone's signal location. Soon after, Liu was found and sent to the hospital with, reportedly, only minor injuries.

Now considered ancient, Nokia phones from the early 2000s are often credited for their build quality and battery life that salivates current smartphone users. Of course, such phones offer an extremely limited feature set by today's standards, but as Liu's story shows, they could be the difference between life and almost certain death.

source: NBC News 

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40 Comments

1. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Damn Nostalgia....

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I suggest such phones should be used as backup phones, where smartphones give up with their batteries these phones start their game from there on.

23. Doakie

Posts: 2443; Member since: May 06, 2009

I imagine the same fate could have been had with a Moto E with its Follow Me feature in Motorola Alert which sends texts of its location every 5 minutes to any numbers you choose. Obviously he was near a compatible tower because they were able to triangulate his position off of it. So a phone auto sending a SMS out could still have happened. No doubt it's great that he had this phone on him. But current technology has good solutions to. Like how long does a Galaxy S5 last from 100% in Ultra Power Saving mode?

26. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I don't think you can compare the battery life of a smartphone and a cell phone. (Maybe you're right) There are some smartphones with e-ink screen, I've searched them, although e-ink has a slower frame rate, which doesn't allow you to watch a video, but in a few years, we can see a e-ink phone from a more popular company.

35. engineer-1701d unregistered

why are you hiking in state park at 70 old ass man do normal health stuff,

37. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

a little harsh don't you think?

39. andynaija

Posts: 1230; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

2. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Nokia could literally earn some big bucks by releasing a vintage 3310/3330 limited edition.

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I would get one because I used to have an old Nokia too.

3. MacWiNux

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

when they found the nokia phone the battery is still surely...

28. JC557

Posts: 1913; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Maybe there's more to the story... of how the guy dropped his Nokia and created the ravine that he fell into while retrieving his phone.

4. Darkerm

Posts: 319; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

The best phone ever made in history

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Next to the RAZR

38. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Funny you say that, coz i still have my old Moto K1 Razr flip phone. It is so small, lasts about a week on standby. I take it when i am going to out of the way places and leave my smart ass and rather large Lumia at home.

5. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

this phone can be used on wars,

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3238; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

this phone can be used to light up the whole city

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

this phone can be used to power a power plant

7. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

All hail the king of kings 3310

16. MrLaserman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

still carrying an old Nokia 6010 as my back up phone. I've had it since it came out.

19. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

So what is so surprising about this. If people are willing to give up large touch screens, hundreds of apps and super thin phones we can have this again right now. Otherwise keep those chargers or extra batteries handy. Oh and do not forget those protective cases.

24. zennacko unregistered

Apple comes with iBeacon, Nokia has a "Phone Beacon" for over a decade, and it does work like a beacon on rescue missions, it's not (yet) another way to earn gazillions in ad revenue.

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