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Blue Remembered Mobile

A mobile with the technology of several generations before.
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This mobile is only just. It is a fairly standard up to date GSM dual band phone on the audio side, but that's where the similarity ends. It has a 12 digit nixie tube numerical display. It has a fold-out bellows with a 45mm lens and leaf shutter, behind which sits the 126 film cartridge you inserted some time ago. It has a morse key, for messaging nearby peers. It also has a small folded-up atlas and an A-Z for finding your nearest. It can play cassettes. It can also tune into the AM band (7 transistor, with ferrite bar aerial).
Ian Tindale, Jun 06 2007

Retro Cell Phone Retro_20Cell_20Phone
Not dissimilar? Redundant? [hippo, Jun 07 2007, last modified Jun 08 2007]

The Hands-Free kit http://www.hawkin.c...STK_PROD_CODE=08850
More comfortable than the one [Canuck] was proposing - look, he's smiling! [hippo, Jun 07 2007]

Housman http://www.bartleby.com/123/40.html
Not actually 'A Shropshire Lad' at all, but I thought it was until I checked. [pertinax, Jun 07 2007]

Blue Remembered Hills http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0078882/
Dennis Potter play inspired by the Houseman poem. [DrBob, Jun 07 2007]

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       Can it at least have a re-configurable chime mechanism?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 06 2007
  

       Also limited to 30 min. talk time, analog AMPS (824-894 MHz), and should weigh at least a couple of pounds *without* the required alkaline batteries.
nuclear hobo, Jun 06 2007
  

       Don't forget the sextant for location based services.
DenholmRicshaw, Jun 06 2007
  

       Maybe an MP1 player?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 06 2007
  

       <admires the shade of brown bakelite>
po, Jun 07 2007
  

       Would there be room to squeeze in one of Mr Baird's Televisors?
DenholmRicshaw, Jun 07 2007
  

       Don't forget it should also have a pair of tin cans and a short length of string for communicating with other similarly-equipped local devices.
Perhaps the antenna should be held aloft by kite.
coprocephalous, Jun 07 2007
  

       I want mine to play 8-tracks.   

       And have a compass.   

       And a big C-clamp attachment for hands-free use   

       <clamps unit to head - Ouch! It's too tight! Nnngh, nnngh! Urk! Ahhhh! Much better!>
Canuck, Jun 07 2007
  

       So this would be from A.E. Housman's famous work 'A Shropshire Nerd' (see link):   

      
Upon my specs the rains that tease
From yon far country blow:
What Blue Remembered Mobiles these,
What aerials for show?
  

       That is the Land of lost content-
Providers, one and all.
The happy crowd of anoraks
Who rarely come at all.
pertinax, Jun 07 2007
  

       Bun just for the nixie tubes ! Love all the rest of it too ! Compass is good, though the ferrite bar and other magnetic bits may be troublesome ... the sextant is nice for full global functionality, but would require a book of tables and a mechanical chronometer. How about a pair of clip-leads so it could connect to the landline network ?
batou, Jun 07 2007
  

       I'm gonna put a Flavor Flav clock on mine. To each generation his own I guess.
punk_punker, Jun 07 2007
  

       Thinking, it would have to have a proper multi-tap battery for the valves' (vacuum tubes) grid bias, or perhaps a cat's whisker.
coprocephalous, Jun 07 2007
  

       Next up, the mobile mobile-- a crib decorative made of old used cell-phones.
RayfordSteele, Jun 07 2007
  

       Optional wax cylinder module for recording and playing back your voicemails.   

       Oh and a drum unit for usage in remote (jungle) areas.
zen_tom, Jun 07 2007
  

       Can it include a crochet tool? I might want to send a textile.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 07 2007
  

       Perhaps a couple of small semaphore flags in case the battery dies.
Canuck, Jun 08 2007
  

       a calcium-carbonate acetylene lamp for the keypad backlight. with flint + tinder to light it of course.   

       it must mysteriously store and dispense delicous boiled sweets too.
Custardguts, Jun 08 2007
  

       Does it have an electric bell instead of that annoying electronic frog?
Galbinus_Caeli, Jun 08 2007
  

       //a calcium-carbonate acetylene lamp // sp. "calcium carbide"
coprocephalous, Jun 08 2007
  

       ... and the Geek shall inherit the Earth ...
Canuck, Jun 09 2007
  

       Beware of Geek's boring retrofits!
Ling, Jun 09 2007
  

       Does it have a "Punched" SIM card?
kamathln, Jun 12 2007
  
      
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