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New vs old phone tech - the funcrunch files


Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:13 am New vs old phone tech

I was just lamenting that the HTC phone that I received at last May's Google I/O conference still runs Android OS v. 1.5, so I can't run all the nifty 2.x apps yet.

Then I remembered that I got the corded Panasonic phone sitting on my desk back in 1988. It still works. And doesn't require electricity or batteries (except for the speed-dial, which I no longer use).

Yeah, it doesn't fit in my pocket, or play Yahtzee, or track my runs with GPS. But... hmm, I thought I had a point somewhere...

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From:elgecko
Date:June 3rd, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
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I wish I could remember right now the hip hop track I was listening to in the car that had the line "I'm old school like a StarTAC"
From:ewhac
Date:June 3rd, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
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I have a corded hardline phone from 1984 or so -- I bought it for myself. I got it for the enormous padded earpiece it has, which made long conversations far more comfortable.

Old and decrepit as it is, it still works. It was pressed into service again when the newer Sony wired headset I bought a few years back decided to die recently.

Even if it's not flashy or beep-y, there's something reassuring about having old, reliable stuff around.
From:inflectionpoint
Date:June 3rd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Used to love my grandma's phone, it was an old black rotary phone, plugged into the wall, with a cord. Dialing it was kinda fun!

I remember when pushbutton phones were Very Exciting!

hope the photo shoot went well.
From:teh_munchkin
Date:June 4th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
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Have you considered installing cyanogenmod on your G1? It's based on 1.6 with some of the stuff from 2.1 backported. The only problem I have with it is that it runs out of memory sometimes, though that's probably my fault for running too much in the background.

I really get some major enjoyment out of old and new tech that's been mashed together. For example, a cellular rotary phone.
From:teh_munchkin
Date:June 4th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't think you'd have problems with people thinking you were nuts if it rang and you answered it... but if you placed a call I can see a problem there.
From:funcrunch
Date:June 8th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I totally want that phone on my desk. Too bad I can't afford a spare SIM card and service (or the phone itself, for that matter)