In the age of expanding technology, some mobile users are reverting back to simple technology in the form of old school cell phones. The Nokias, Motorolas and Ericssons that once had claim over the entire market are now making their way back into the world.
Handsets like the Nokia 3310 or the Motorola StarTec 130 are starting to fetch big prices online, despite the fact that they can only send text messages and receive phone calls. They cannot access the Internet, watch videos or take photos, yet they are going for as much as $1,300 to modern day buyers.
Why are these new phones making a comeback? Part of the upsurge has to do with the rising cost of data packages and phone plans. Parents looking for cheap phones to give their children are seeking very basic phones that just aren’t on the market anymore. In other cases, buyers are simply looking for a sense of nostalgia.
While some old school cell phones are going for big money, some of them are priced at less than $100. This is a very attractive price, considering a smartphone can cost over $500, not including a monthly data plan.
Don’t be surprised if you see someone in the next checkout lane using a phone from the early 2000s. They’re coming back in full force, and likely will continue to until they are no longer operational.