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(The Consumerist)   Do you miss your old indestructible and reliable 2001 Nokia cell phone? You might want to recheck the shelves of your local Walmart   (consumerist.com) divider line 27
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4098 clicks; posted to Business » on 27 Nov 2012 at 9:41 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-27 07:44:02 AM  
I could just dig around in the Junk Drawer and find one. The battery will probably have a charge after five years, unlike my new phone which goes five minutes.

I swear I am going back to carrier pigeons.
 
2012-11-27 09:20:54 AM  
What the hell?

consumermediallc.files.wordpress.com

I don't shop at Walmart, is this typical?
 
2012-11-27 09:32:56 AM  
You mean like all of their technology?
 
2012-11-27 09:51:12 AM  
Is Walmart supposed to protect the consumer by just throwing away old stock?
People will buy what people will buy.
 
2012-11-27 09:52:16 AM  
The sad thing is that these WILL sell. Some Grandma will pay 75 bucks for that phone and some kids christmas will be spent in amazed bewilderment.
 
2012-11-27 09:56:24 AM  

I sound fat: The sad thing is that these WILL sell. Some Grandma will pay 75 bucks for that phone and some kids christmas will be spent in amazed bewilderment.


I love the thought of some kid getting this. That's exactly why when I wanted something electronic, I made sure no one in my family especially my grandparents would ever find out.

If only Walmart tripled the price, then they could sell it to the ironic crowd.
 
2012-11-27 10:16:41 AM  
My Droid 2 was built like a brick and ran nearly as well.
 
2012-11-27 10:20:04 AM  
The pic in TFA is the model my Mom still has. I wanted to get her a smartphone, but she likes that phone. Not very tech savvy, nor that interested in it. She says if she needs to use the computer, that's what I'm for. :)

/posted from the laptop she bought on a whim, then ended up giving to me
//thanks.\, Mom! :)
 
2012-11-27 11:48:00 AM  
I got a rather complicated Sound Blaster 5.1 speaker system for my last PC that had been off the market for a few years from one of these trawlings at a Wal-Mart that was going to move in a matter of months. It had the rather cheap price of $40.

One of my nearby Wal-Mart's did a big clearance sale last year, and the aisles were filled with displays of clearanced goods. The most notable thing was the thousand of the same accessory to a toy they didn't sell more than a hundred core parts of.

Oh, and if you go to Micro Center some of the stuff that's new on their shelves is two versions out of date. I bought a USB-Midi kit that turned out to be so far out of date the manufacture didn't make Win7 drivers for it. Although for the same price I could have bought the current version on Amazon.
 
2012-11-27 11:59:32 AM  
I've been trying to sell my wife's old one on eBay for a while. No one seems to want it. I thought you could sell any electronics to SOMEone.
 
2012-11-27 12:01:01 PM  
I still have mine. Gave it to my child as a temp phone when her smart phone died and we were waiting for a replacement.

Half the reason I still have my HTC Incredible is that it seems almost as indestructible. Well that and I've yet to actually encounter any program that taxes my system resources to demand an upgrade. Plus a new phone means another root job to get rid of the carrier crapware and I'm lazy these days.
 
2012-11-27 12:05:30 PM  
We have our Nokia 6110 plugged in for an emergency 911 phone. I loved that thing.

Still using a Motorola RAZR v3 from 2006. Have no need for a smartphone.
 
2012-11-27 12:10:57 PM  
That's like the one I have, all I use it for is to make and receive calls.
I'm old and don't need the fancy stuff.
If I need a map, I'll stop at a full service gas station.
They still have maps don't they? What, no full service gas stations either?
That does it, everybody off the lawn.
 
2012-11-27 01:06:46 PM  

fickenchucker: We have our Nokia 6110 plugged in for an emergency 911 phone.


I keep a Nokia 6310i and an external +2.5dB antenna as an emergency 911 phone during road trips into fringe areas. None of my newer phones have an external antenna port, so their range can be a little restricted. I also like that the 6310i is GSM since my other phones are CDMA, and sometimes you run into places where there are towers for one standard but not the other.
 
2012-11-27 01:58:13 PM  
In 2007 or so, I found a 1986 Starting Lineup figure, new in the package, in a Target with a price tag for $8 or something that rang up as a generic toy once I bought it (of course I bought it). It wasn't a famous player (I forget who it was) and wasn't worth anything (ones were for sale on Ebay for less than I paid), but how the heck did that happen? Did it fall under a piece of equipment or shelf that wasn't moved for twenty years?
 
2012-11-27 02:16:18 PM  
I find it ironic that a washed up, dated website beyond it's prime is cutting into a store for selling washed up, dated technology that's beyond it's prime. Just sayin'
 
2012-11-27 03:34:32 PM  
Last week I saw a woman on the Métro blabbing away into one of those things. They really are made of adamantium.
 
2012-11-27 04:40:36 PM  

NowhereMon: What the hell?

[consumermediallc.files.wordpress.com image 400x606]

I don't shop at Walmart, is this typical?


Yes, actually. I regularly see Xbox and Gamecube games for full retail price. Games you can buy used at a FLGS for .99 cents.
 
2012-11-27 05:04:16 PM  
I found two Four Scores for the Nintendo Entertainment System in a Walmart in Orlando, FL in 1999.
 
2012-11-27 06:11:47 PM  

I sound fat: The sad thing is that these WILL sell. Some Grandma will pay 75 bucks for that phone and some kids christmas will be spent in amazed bewilderment.


I wouldn't pay $75 bucks for it, but I would definitely use one. One of my friends dropped his out of a second story window onto concrete with nothing more than a few scratches. A year later, the battery connections were broken so on occasion the phone would turn off. One day he lost the connection in the middle of a call and threw it up against a wall. As it was sliding across the floor on the ricochet, it started ringing as the person called him back. He picked it up and finish the conversation. Try that with an iPhone.
 
2012-11-27 10:52:49 PM  
My current cellphone (note I said cellphone and not smartphone):

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And the one I had before that, still in a dresser drawer. I like it and may go back to it, just need to move the SIM chip into it. Mine is so old it still has the cingular logo on it! 

image.ffmobile.com
 
2012-11-27 11:48:34 PM  

moothemagiccow: My Droid 2 was built like a brick and ran nearly as well.


THIS! I loved my Droid 2.. I took that thing through hell and back.. I would never do what I did to my Droid 2 to my Galaxy S3, it would break into a million pieces..
 
2012-11-28 03:31:59 AM  

NoblePatrick: My current cellphone (note I said cellphone and not smartphone):

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]

And the one I had before that, still in a dresser drawer. I like it and may go back to it, just need to move the SIM chip into it. Mine is so old it still has the cingular logo on it! 

[image.ffmobile.com image 264x600]


My first cell phone was a Nokia 1100. Damned tough phone too, practically unbreakable.

www2.pcmag.com
 
2012-11-28 05:55:05 AM  
I still use my old Nokia flip. It makes calls. It recieves calls. It does everything a phone needs to do. Why the hell would I want a new one?
 
2012-11-28 07:30:16 AM  

NoblePatrick: Mine is so old it still has the cingular logo on it!


I'm glad I'm not the only one - I just upgraded this past weekend and the guy at the store was like WTF?! when he saw the Cingular branded SIM.
 
2012-11-28 08:36:09 AM  

bkosh84: moothemagiccow: My Droid 2 was built like a brick and ran nearly as well.

THIS! I loved my Droid 2.. I took that thing through hell and back.. I would never do what I did to my Droid 2 to my Galaxy S3, it would break into a million pieces..


But it wouldn't have sustained such severe beatings if it actually ran well
 
2012-11-28 12:51:39 PM  

starsrift: I still use my old Nokia flip. It makes calls. It recieves calls. It does everything a phone needs to do. Why the hell would I want a new one?


The only reason I have a new phone is that my previous one, a Motorola W376g, got broken beyond repair. I had it for nearly 5 years too. My current phone is okay, but I'd love to have my Motorola back.
 
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