The world's first flip phone was the Motorola MicroTAC 9800X launched in 1989. It's a design that was still seen today on millions of mobile phones around the world until the arrival of smartphones. The early phones were all analogue, and had the small LED display that is sought after by collectors. The later phones had the modern LCD display and some of them were digital and can still be used today. One of the best features of these phones is the antenna, which pulls up from the top of the phone. The antenna is just a piece of plastic and has no affect on reception. The phones antenna is internal, but it was felt that customers would want to see an external antenna, so one was added! On the 9800X the microphone was built into the flip part of the phone, but on all other models, it was in the body of the phone and the grooves cut into the flip are just for show.
For a history of the MicroTAC see Wikipedia
The digital MicroTACs here work on GSM900. To see which networks these will work with see GSM Availability
The basic design was used in many different types of phones, branded with many different names. Some of those phones didn't have the flip, some did. Scroll down the page to see the current stock.
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SIM Card Holder
The digital phones we sell on this page come with a SIM card holder like the one pictured. All you need to do is tape a 2G small SIM into the card (with the tape on the opposite side to the metal bit!) and slot it into the phone. If you have a phone already and need one of these cards then we sell them at £2 including delivery to anywhere in the world.
MicroTAC Car Charger
We have a number of these car chargers for the earlier MicroTAC phones. They are all black, all similar to the one in the photo and all in good working order. They will fit any MicroTAC phone with this connector on the base. . .
Price each is £10 including delivery to anywhere in the world.
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