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In the earlier Flashback put up we talked about that Ericsson produced a particular Coca-Cola version cellphone. And this was years earlier than the Pepsi cellphone, thoughts you. But we gained’t simply deal with beverage-branded telephones immediately, as a substitute we’ll go for basic weirdness. Here are some extra bizarre telephones from surprising manufacturers.

The cellphone with a candy tooth

Launched on the finish of 2000, a yr after the “unflavored” mannequin grew to become obtainable, the Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola particular version arrived within the UK. This wasn’t obtainable to only anybody, oh no, you needed to earn it.

And by “earn it” we imply that you simply needed to acquire 60 ring pulls from Coke cans and/or cellphone tokens (paper tokens you would discover hooked up to pick out bottles).

The Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola special edition
The Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola special edition
The Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola special edition
The Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola special edition


The Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola particular version (picture credit score)

What you get in return was a promotional package deal with intensive Coca-Cola branding. This contains the cellphone itself, which had a branded entrance panel, the service brand on the display was additionally swapped out. Even higher the pre-loaded ringtone performed the Coca-Cola theme, however that was about it.

There are just a few of those telephones – and their unique packaging – on eBay if you wish to add one to your assortment.

The disposable cellphone

When you hear the Bic model title, do you assume pens or disposable razors? Whoever is liable for this subsequent merchandise was considering the latter – meet the Bic Phone, a disposable cellphone marketed in France and Spain by Orange.

It was actually an alcatel OT-S210 with the Bic Boy painted on (Bic was barely concerned on this, it simply collected royalty funds for lending its title). Anyway, right here’s the thought behind this questionable gadget.

The (not quite) disposable Bic Phone
The (not quite) disposable Bic Phone
The (not quite) disposable Bic Phone


The (not fairly) disposable Bic Phone

The Bic Phone would promote for €19 and include a charged battery and 10 minutes of speak time. The battery would last as long as 4 hours of calls (and you would take heed to FM radio). The battery was straightforward to recharge over microUSB, however recharging the minutes was a a lot greater trouble.

You needed to mail a registration kind to Orange, as soon as accepted, this added 50 minutes of speak time. Afterwards, extra minutes may very well be added with Mobicarte vouchers. So, this isn’t actually disposable, but additionally not one thing meant for long-time use. It was one thing you’d purchase on the airport, dissipate and stick in a drawer for the remainder of time.

Considering that there’s a rising help for decreasing digital waste, you’d assume that the Bic Phone was one thing from the 90s and even 80s. Nope, Orange concocted this concept in 2008.

The cellphone with 11 herbs and spices

Colonel Sanders has a secret recipe for fried hen, however we by no means anticipated him to prepare dinner up a smartphone. And but in 2017 that’s simply what he did – KFC was celebrating its 30 yr anniversary since opening its first retailer in China and launched an Android-powered cellphone for tremendous followers (based mostly on the Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus).

Hand-breaded, freshly-prepared, finger-lickin' good... Huawei smartphone
Hand-breaded, freshly-prepared, finger-lickin' good... Huawei smartphone


Hand-breaded, freshly-prepared, finger-lickin’ good… Huawei smartphone

Only 5,000 models had been made they usually had been obtainable by means of a particular web page on Tmall or by means of the KFC app. This app was actually the star of the present – it got here pre-loaded on the cellphone and was fashionable as a result of it allowed customers to order and pay by means of their cellphone. Any cellphone, thoughts you, not simply the KFC one. Not dangerous, even when not fairly superb for 2017.

The Okay-music app was much more fascinating. It put customers accountable for the music playlist within the KFC restaurant they had been visiting – the corporate boasted 4,000 KFC places in China on the time.

The cellphone that was a SatNav

Well, two telephones, really. Have you heard the time period “SatNav”? It stands for Satellite Navigation and refers to digital units that use GPS (and related positioning programs) to supply driving instructions. Yes, similar to each smartphone beneath the Sun immediately.

The Asus-Garmin Nuvifone G60 was all about satellite navigation
The Asus-Garmin Nuvifone G60 was all about satellite navigation
The Asus-Garmin Nuvifone G60 was all about satellite navigation
The Asus-Garmin Nuvifone G60 was all about satellite navigation


The Asus-Garmin Nuvifone G60 was all about satellite tv for pc navigation

But this was 2009 and digital maps nonetheless required costly purchases and subscriptions (this was earlier than Nokia dropped the bomb). Garmin had a protracted historical past of constructing GPS units – something from hand-held receivers to aircraft cockpits – whereas Asus introduced within the cellphone know-how. A match made in heaven.

The nuvifone G60 ran a custom Linux-based OS
The nuvifone G60 ran a custom Linux-based OS
The nuvifone G60 ran a custom Linux-based OS
The nuvifone G60 ran a custom Linux-based OS


The nuvifone G60 ran a customized Linux-based OS

Two telephones had been demoed at MWC 2009 (take a look at our report from then). The Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 had a 3.55” resistive touchscreen (272 x 480 px), ran a customized Linux distro and had 4GB of on-board storage (plus a microSD slot, maps may be enormous if you wish to traverse a complete continent).

The different was the Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20, a Windows Mobile 6.1 system (later up to date to six.5). It had a smaller however a lot sharper show, 2.8” with 480 x 640 px decision, and was powerd by an early Qualcomm chipset (528 MHz CPU).

The Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 was smaller and ran Windows Mobile
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 was smaller and ran Windows Mobile
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 was smaller and ran Windows Mobile
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 was smaller and ran Windows Mobile


The Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 was smaller and ran Windows Mobile

Both had on-board GPS receivers, after all, in addition to a compass. The loudspeaker lived as much as its title as a voice blasted from it, providing you with turn-by-turn instructions. There was additionally Ciao!, which was billed as a “location-based social networking” app. Its most important characteristic was the flexibility to share your location together with your buddy (who may then use their Garmin system to navigate your location).

A look around the nuvifone M20
A look around the nuvifone M20
A look around the nuvifone M20
A look around the nuvifone M20


A glance across the nuvifone M20

Anyway, the next yr the 2 corporations launched the nuvifone A50, an Android 2.1 Eclair cellphone, and the nuvifone M10, one other Windows Mobile system. They featured Garmin’s PhotoReal Junction View. No, not like Street View, a 3D rendering of the junction, however nonetheless fairly helpful.

On the subsequent “Weird phones”…

That wraps it up for immediately, however there are different bizarre devices to cowl in future installments – we will virtually style them… okay, we should always in all probability lay off the junk meals smartphones.