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Remember 10 old cell phones with noisy radio function

Mobile phones with radio function became a fever in the early 2000s. At the time, companies such as Vivo and Nextel offered the service on devices from brands such as BlackBerry, Motorola and Nokia. The differential of this type of device was the PTT technology – or Push To Talk – which made it a real walkie-talkie. Despite the convenience of the feature, the phones made a memorable noise that could annoy people nearby. In addition, it was common to use the accessory on the loudspeaker, breaking the silence in closed environments.

In the following lines, discover the list of the 10 models of the past. Recall that Nextel ended its radio service in Brazil in 2018. A reference in the sector, the company was acquired by Claro in 2019 and is currently called Claro NXT.

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Radio communication worked attractively to the consumer. It was enough to subscribe to a package with a telephone operator that offered the service at the time, such as Vivo or Nextel itself. In this way, the customer could make calls for free even if he was not in his hometown.

In the case of Nextel, for example, the company enabled a network called iDEN that allowed cell phones compatible with the technology to make calls. She was fired four years ago.

With the arrival of 3G in the country and the lack of new mobile phones compatible with this resource, the PTT lost ground. Apps like WhatsApp and face time replaced the service. The importation of devices that would give continuity to the radio also ran into high cost, which eventually hastened its domestic end. Check out some devices with the radio function below.

Blackberry Curve 8350i — Photo: Disclosure

One of the models sold in Brazil by Nextel was the BlackBerry Curve 8350i. The analog keyboard smartphone, had its debut in tupiniquim territory 14 years ago, and had a 2-inch screen and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The BlackBerry’s storage capacity was one of its downsides, coming in at just 128MB.

The device’s 1400 mAh battery resisted for four hours of calling. Its highlight was the chat apps installed at a time when online chatting was starting to become a habit. In the specifications, the device had a 2 megapixel camera with flash and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Available in black and red, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i hit the market for R$1,279.

Blackberry Torch 9800 (Photo: Advertising) — Photo: TechTudo

Even with a physical QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 caught the eye for bringing a touchscreen. The mobile phone was considered one of the most modern and sought after devices from the early 2010s, mainly due to the different design, which featured a sliding keyboard. It hid the analog keys, using the up and down swipe motion.

The model had a 3.2-inch touchscreen (360 x 480 pixel resolution) and a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. Its processor was 624 MHz and it had 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal space, expandable up to 32 GB with microSD. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 was launched in Brazil in November 2010 and hit the domestic market at a price of R$2,699.

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 — Photo: Disclosure

A year after the launch of the 9800 model, BlackBerry launched the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 in the Brazilian market. The model had the same physical QWERTY keyboard, but without a sliding screen. The display was only 2.46 inches (320 x 240 pixels), but the cell phone had, among its highlights, 3G connectivity and media buttons on the top of the phone. They were divided into play, pause, and play/back buttons. The play button still served as a shortcut to the media collection.

The Curve 9300 came with 256MB of RAM and 256MB of storage, along with a microSD slot. Shortly after its release, a TechTudo review pointed out that Among the negative points of the device were the 1150 mAh battery and the 2 megapixel camera. The model cost around R$1,000.

BlackBerry 7520 — Photo: Advertising/BlackBerry

To complete the BlackBerry trio, the 7520 model impresses with its large screen, which offers better visibility of the applications installed on the device. As with the aforementioned brand models, the cell phone offered users email, company data, Internet, telephone, and Push to Talk technology.

In its specifications, the BlackBerry 7520 lacked the screen size, but it is known to have a resolution of 160 x 240 pixels, 32 MB of internal memory and an operating system called Amora. The QWERTY keyboard, the famous keyboard that accompanies the brand’s models, has been arranged in a V shape. costs around $1,500.

Mobile radios were popular five years ago — Photo: Disclosure/Motorola

The Motorola i550 Plus had a appearance reminiscent of classic household appliances from the 1990s. Because it was an older model, it had no cameras and its screen didn’t even have colors. On the analog keyboard — which came here with wider-spaced keys — there was a specific button for the user to turn on the speakermimicking the functionality of landline telephones.

It should be mentioned that Motorola was one of the big partners of Nextel during the time of the operation of the PTT in Brazil. The North American manufacturer was responsible for most of the models sold by the telephone company that were compatible with radio technology. The launch value was R$949.

Motorola i867 (Photo: Advertising) — Photo: TechTudo

The Motorola i867 deserves to be highlighted. Launched in Brazil in 2012, it was equipped with Push to Talk technology and the Android system (which was crawling, in version 2.1). The model had a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 3 MP camera and two microphones with noise canceling technology.

The cellphone was sold at Nextel stores for R$899 in cash or R$499 when linked to a data plan. The smartphone even won a themed version inspired by a famous car from the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari, which made the device more expensive. The product for Formula 1 fans costs up to R$1,499.

Motorola i465 — Photo: Disclosure

Although considered excellent value for money, the Motorola i465 had a outdated design even for the standard mobile phone of the time. Square and with an analog keypad, the phone had a 1.8-inch screen with a resolution of 128×160 pixels and an internal antenna. Its storage capacity was only 64MB and had no memory card slots.

Another thing that did not please much was the presence of the VGA camera, which was quite obsolete at the time of the launch of the smartphone. To grab consumer attention with this device, Motorola has banked on battery life. If you used Nextel’s voice service, the supported cell phone about 3.4 hours of continuous talk time. The Motorola i465 was launched in Brazil in June 2009 for R$499.

Nokia E5 — Photo: Disclosure

Also called E5-00, the Nokia cell phone with PTT function, was another option that tried to reach the consumer through the pocket. Even being an analog keyboard model, the device surprises with its user-friendliness. The Finnish company’s model resembled those marketed by BlackBerry, but with a few fewer resourceslike the trackball which acted as a kind of mouse for the cursor on the screen.

The device comes with a 2.36-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, a 5-megapixel rear camera, digital zoom and a tool for panoramic photos. Its internal memory was 256 MB, expandable up to 32 GB.

The E5’s battery was also good, guaranteeing up to 5 hours and 15 minutes of talk time. The cellphone was sold in black, white, blue, brown and grey, with an introductory price set at R$799.

Nokia Navigator 2710 — Photo: Reproduction/GSMarena

Compared to the previous model, the Nokia Navigator 2710 was, first of all a simple mobile phone. Its specifications included a 2.2-inch screen with 240 x 320 pixels, a 2 MP camera and 64 MB of internal memory, expandable up to 16 GB via a microSD card.

Even though it was launched in 2010, the device did not have Wi-Fi. Its highlight was because of the GPS, which worked through a Nokia application, in addition to compatibility with MP3 music. The cell phone worked both on the network enabled by Nextel, for conversations using PTT, and with the Vivo Direto radio service.

LG GU285 Popcorn — Photo: Reproduction/GSMarena

With the sliding keyboard, which appears when the user swipes the screen of the device upwards, the LG GU285 Popcorn It wasn’t the most technological, but it was good for everyday use.. Launched in 2009, the mobile phone bet on a 2-inch screen, with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels, 1.3 MP camera and 900 mAh battery – which lasted 3 and a half hours of continuous conversation.

One of the highlights of the device was wide range of colors with which it has been marketed. LG went for variety with black, silver, white and red, white and pink, and light silver. The model also had additional buttons so that the user could navigate the small menu panel more quickly.

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