Yeah, StaceyE, I also remember those early days and it causes me to reflect on my own reactions to cellphone technology as it has evolved through the years. At first these phones did seem superfluous. Through the 90's and 00's (the oughts?) they became indispensable, and I slowly warmed to them, finally realizing I had to have my flip phone and I couldn't live without it. When smartphones first came out I thought,"oh, that's just too much, we don't need to have a computer with us all the time!" Now, of course we're all addicted to our iPhones and Droids.
Ha! Back when the cell phones first came out you just about had to be a big time stock broker to own one! I remember seeing the story on TV (I believe it was entertainment tonight) when the very first cell phones came out and it was almost a thousand bucks to buy one of those bad boys! I also remember my dad saying that it was rediculous, that no one needed to carry a phone with them everywhere. He said it would just be a fad that would never catch on. I wonder what he would think if he were still around today...he would probably have an iPhone 5, and be chatting on Facebook...=)
LOL! Yeah, StaceyE it's funny to think about the status cell phone owners had back in the day. I remember back in the early 90's thinking,"Whoa, that guy's probably a big-time stock broker or something!"
O2 Recycle creates "Walkie Talkies" combining old phones and vintage shoes
An artist has created four of the weirdest mobiles yet, dubbed "Walkie Talkies", to show off what can be done when people recycle their old phones – there are 70 million in the UK and 30 million new handsets are bought annually. The designs, created with O2 Recycle, aim to highlight what can be done with these old handsets, rather than being sent to landfill.*
The new phones, created by designer, Sean Miles from iconic footwear that includes a Christian Louboutin heel, a classic men's brogue, a Nike Air trainer and a Hunter Welly, contain old Nokia and LG handsets sent in by O2 Recycle customers who no longer had a use for them.
The Walkie Talkies are "upcycled" by combining recycled handsets and vintage shoes to create fully functional phones that double as pieces of desirable art. Each Walkie Talkie performs exactly as a normal phone would, the keypad being incorporated into the sole of each shoe.
The mobile phone upcycling project – upcycling being the process of converting waste materials or otherwise useless products into a new, desirable item – has been created by O2 Recycle, which pays up to £260 to those who recycle their gadgets.
Designer, Sean Miles, the man behind the designs, said: "I wondered how I could make phones that people might be embarrassed to be seen with into something that would give them a new lease of life – which is what upcycling is all about.
"I hoped that, by turning them into Walkie Talkies, I would raise a smile and perhaps a laugh and create things that people wanted once again. I've been using them while out with friends and they never fail to start a conversation, even when I'm not using them as a phone! I hope that they can get more people talking about the need to recycle old gadgets rather than binning them."
Yes, messy and wet. More adequate for spring-summer then. Do you remember if they mentioned prices in the article? If they are not super expensive it could be nice to have a show phone for some special occasions, then there is no need of too much outdoor walking.
@Susan If they're intended for rainy days, perhaps they can just build the phone into the umbrella handle. That would look a lot less awkward than holding a boot to one's ear, especially with Bluetooth technology.
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