Did you know that James Bond's phone had a fingerprint scanner long before the iPhone or the ATRIX did?

Did you know that James Bond's phone had a fingerprint scanner long before the iPhone or the ATRIX did?
Think your iPhone 5s is so cool with its fingerprint scanner? Well, it was beaten to it by the Motorola ATRIX 4G (released in 2011), which had one embedded in its power key. Sure, it didn't really work quite as well, but that's another story. 

But did you know that one particular phone – an Ericsson JB988 modified for the needs of one and only James Bond – had a fingerprint scanner back in 1997? The high-tech gadget made an appearance in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies featuring Pierce Brosnan as the fearless secret agent. A 20,000 volt stun gun had also been added to his personal phone, along with a remote control for his gorgeous BMW 750iL. If only this humble Ericsson handset could do all of these things in real life...

Now feel free to enjoy the video below where James gives his new toy a try. The phone part begins at the 1:54 mark.

via YouTube user TimeLordTrekkie96



16. victory_zhou

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Wow, unbelievable

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3204; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Atrix? iPhone? My Motorola ES400 (WinMo 6.5) had a built-in fingerprint scanner AND a built-in barcode scanner LONG before either was around. Sorry but somebody at PA doesn't know their history.

14. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

He'll get a ticket for using a phone while driving. :)

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Still forgetting the LG Expo had the scanner two years before the Atrix. Dr Phil has pointed this out, I have a couple times. Is it because it was windows mobile that's it's forgotten?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It also had an STD detector, a necessity is you're 007.

18. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i love pussy too! :D

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Obviously a slow news day at Phone Arena if they're posting this kind of "news."

4. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

is this really an article about the fact that in a James Bond Movie, from over a decade ago, there was a fake/CGUI fingerprint scanner on a phone?

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"20,000 volt stun gun had also been added to his personal phone" Whats the battery life of his phone?

8. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Infinite, because movies.

9. xq10xa

Posts: 816; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Actually. It's because Aliens.

12. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 915; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Like James Bond it runs on Vodka Martinis.

1. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

There'll be no reasons for Apple to patent this "invention".

7. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

bond office the Mi6 didn't patent their invention unfortunately,otherwise they could charge apple for some fee and pay bond salary

11. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

oh and did you know there were some winmo phones back in 2007 which had fingerprinter scanner but were never given credit because they were not made by the fruit company?!


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Hey, it's just plain rude to call them fruity. Besides, we're all supposed to live in peace and harmony (unless we sue, of course). I think it's great that that big iTart in Cali' copies so much; it gives other OEM's a standard by which to "copy".

17. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

never thought of it that way before, honestly. plus 1 man

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