Date
25 September 2017
Old-style mobile phones like the gold Nokia 8800 Arte are piquing interest from buyers. Photo: http://www.gsmarena.com/
Old-style mobile phones like the gold Nokia 8800 Arte are piquing interest from buyers. Photo: http://www.gsmarena.com/

Retro cellphones dial up big numbers

Cellphones from the pre-smartphone era are coming back to life as users look for simpler, more robust ways to connect, Apple Daily reported Tuesday, citing French retro cellphone website Vintage Mobile.

A gold Nokia 8800 Arte sold for nearly €1,000 (US$1,360) on an overseas website, while the same model is available on the mainland’s taobao.com site for 4,400 yuan (US$705) to 8,800 yuan, with only one transaction so far.

According to Vintage Mobile founder Djassem Haddad, his website has sold more than 10,000 non-smartphone handsets over the last two to three years. Buyers were mainly the elderly or people looking for a back-up phone. The most popular model is the Nokia 8210, which sells for HK$633, about the same price as an iPhone 3GS.

But in Hong Kong, vendors at Mong Kok’s Sin Tat Plaza said there is no market for the handsets because there is simply no local demand for second-hand, old-school phones, the report said.

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