Old school cell phones

old school cell phones

Remember those old school cell phones, yeah the ones you had years ago. We’ve found some of them online for sale and thought as we are all about things old school and retro on here that we’d share some of the best ones you can grab hold of quite easily.

Now you may still love you new iphone but having an old school cell phone is also uber cool right?!

Nokia 3310 TA-1036

Weight3.10 oz
Dimensions4.61 x 2.06 x 0.53″
Form FactorStandard Internal Antenna
Camera2 MP
Battery TypeLi-Ion 1200 mAh
DisplayType: TFT 2.4″
Memory64 GB

Okay seriously, this phone is really great for the people who want a social media/smart phone detox.

Really easy to use besides texting obviously. Um, don’t expect to send or receive pictures, you’re back to certain amount of texting characters,

There’s so many random apps like games that I really like

Here’s to one year with no smart phone.


Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL Ultra Rugged Cell Phone

Weight5.99 oz
Dimensions4.96 x 2.28 x 1.02″
Form FactorStandard Internal Antenna
Camera2 MP
Battery TypeLi-Ion 1950 mAh
DisplayType: LCD 2.0″ 
Memory30 MB (built-in, flash shared memory)

It’s a super simple, rugged phone that trades in sleek designs, light weight, and fancy curves for functionality.

If you’re going to be depending on your phone in the worst conditions possible, this thing will not fail you.

Speakers are LOUD, I heard mine ring while I was 5 feet behind a running excavator.

The buttons are crisp, and I even managed them wearing my thick leather gloves on the job site.

If you’re looking for an app store, facebook, and all that other frilly crap, then go buy a smart phone. If you want a RUGGED phone that won’t give up on you on the job that you’ll hear no matter what’s going on around you, believe me, this is the phone.


Nokia 8110 Dual-SIM

Weight4.2 ounces
Dimensions0.6 x 1.9 x 5.2 inches
Form FactorSlide Internal Antenna
Camera2 MP
Battery TypeLithium 1,500mAh.
DisplayType: LCD 2.4 inches

Likes: Small and easy to set up and use. Volume is great and does exactly what I needed, send and receive calls domestically.

I am going to the UK and France, so I’ll see if its duel sim feature preforms just as well.

I have had the phone for about 2 weeks and have only had to charge it once. Battery life is very good. I confess I turned off all non-essential features so I can’t address there fuctionality and I don’t play the snake game!

Dis-likes: I really can’t complain about any phone features, Oh just one thing, the phone is a Nokia and the provided user manual was all in Vietnamese.

This is not a show stopper as the internet provided all the instructions and manuals I needed in my native tongue! The phone charger is also of the international type but I have an adapter for domestic use, so for me, this was not an issue.

This might be a problem for someone who does not have an adaptor!


Jitterbug Flip Easy-to-use Cell Phone

Weight4.64 ounces
Dimensions4.3 x 0.7 x 2.2″
Form FactorFlip Internal Antenna
Camera2.0 MP
Battery TypeLithium-ion 1,780 mAh
DisplayType: LCD 3.2 in
Memory1 GB

We got this phone for my 85-year old mother who has dementia, hearing loss, and a host of other ailments. It works as promised. I love that the numbers are large and easy to read as well as the display.

She can read the names in the phone book and scan through them. It’s also great because it “hangs up” when closed so makes more sense for an elderly user. I no longer experience “pocket-dialing” from mom moments after a call due to this hang up feature.

The last thing is that it might not ring loud enough for a severely hearing person, and with dementia, they might not remember to charge the phone, but again those are user issues, not the fault of the phone.

All in all this phone does as is promised.


Tkexun M2 Men Flip Touch Big Screen 3.0″

Weight6.98 oz (198 g)
Dimensions111*58*21 mm
Form FactorFlip Internal Antenna
Battery TypeLithium 3200mah
DisplayType: LCD 3.0 inch
Memory32 MB (TF card up to 16GB)

Bought the tkexun M2 for my senior uncle and he enjoys it. A very big phone with big buttons. He has a T-Mobile plan and the standard SIM card works with it. There were a couple of things off about it. 

The 2 SIM card feature is annoying because you always see that one is missing and there are physical buttons on the phone. One for SIM 1 and one for SIM 2, he had to get is to hit the correct one. 

The default ring tone was a message saying “the caller you’re trying to reach is not available” which was very confusing at first, but I was able to change it easily enough. Only 2 options for ringer and text tone.

On the texting side, I had to turn off the auto spell, it was horrible and almost unusable after I switched it to the standard option it worked fine. The charging port is also very sensitive, every time he has to make sure it’s charging correctly.

A bit high priced for what it is but it’s solid, big, and a flip phone which is what he wanted. After playing around and adjusting some settings it works fine for him now so all good.

Samsung Rugby Rugged Flip Phone

Weight4.7 oz (133 g)
Dimensions4.10 x 2.10 x 0.80 in
Form FactorClamshell Internal Antenna
Camera3.15 MP
Battery Type1300 mAh
DisplayType: LCD Size: 2.4″
Memory0.256 GB + microSDHC

Beautiful phone and an excellent buy. My need(s) are met with a solid flip phone to make and receive occasional calls. Previous phone was an LG flip and it was a buster. 

It does have several app features, but the best part is it will receive calls in areas with weak cell coverage (AT&T network).
Communication is always strong and clear.

Fits in pocket, unlike all the modern, large, fragile units. 

After initially getting it, I put in my old sim and it started right up. It came with an almost fully charged battery. The box was also slightly damaged but didn’t affect the phone.

Many people are starting to use the old school phones just to have a bit of a detox from all the notifications, some people especially the older generation prefer the old school cell phones as they are usually easier to manage with bigger buttons and less functions.

Either way, there are plenty to still buy on the open market so feel free to check further on the above models and do some further research before going ahead and purchasing one.


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