How often do you see old phones still in use?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| January 27, 2014

I love to see the types of phones people have. Every day I'm around a crowd, I check out what's got all their attention. Whether it's a flip phone, or a brand new phone that's just been released, I enjoy picking out devices. Of course, it's not a good way to judge whether or not a device is popular or not, simply because no matter what you've got yourself a small sample pool. But it is fun. Especially when you can pick out all sorts of old devices.

You know the ones. The phones you never thought you'd see again. Whether they're just so old, or they weren't very good even when they were new, those are the types of handsets I love to see. And, more often than not, it dredges up more than a few moments of reminiscing.

A few days ago I found myself talking shop with a few wireless retail reps at a local store, and while I was in there someone came in to pick up a new phone. They were up for an upgrade, and it had been awhile since they last got a new phone. So, with all the curiosity that comes from a statement like that, I couldn't help but look to see what he was trading up from.

And there, like a long lost friend, was an original Motorola RAZR.

Yeah. The original. The ridiculously thin flip phone of yesteryear. It was a pink one, and it actually looked like it was in like-new condition. I don't even know how that's possible, and that person deserves a pat on the back for keeping a phone in such good condition for so long.

I remembered the craze this phone created back in the day. I remembered how adamant so many people were about wanting the RAZR, and how it was the next best thing since sliced bread. I was selling phones back then, and I also remembered that we could never keep the things in stock. I know people line up for iPhones, but I can't help but think this old phone garnered so much more attention for its time.

Honestly, seeing a phone like that, and looking at all the devices we have now, just makes me fall in love with technology and the mobile industry all over again. It's truly impressive how far we've come in such a relatively short period of time. The advancements we've made are often mind boggling, and to think that it's only going to continue -- only going to get crazier -- is an awesome thing to consider.

But, I want to hear from you. I want to know what's the oldest phone you've seen out in the wild, and actually in use. Do you miss the good ol' days of the mobile industry? What's the phone you miss the most? Let me know!