French design house Lëkki are taking vintage phones and refurbishing them so that they can be used again. The phones are colourised to add a bit of designer appeal. The first model they have released is the Motorola StarTAC. This comes in 900MHZ GSM only. The pictures below are of a yellow one that I received.
I find this downshifting concept fascinating. The first thing I have learned before turning anything on is that Motorola managed to make phones with nicer feeling plastic than some of the modern dual-SIM Samsung feature phones and Apple iPhones that we currently have around the house. From a tactile point-of-view the StarTAC is more rewarding.
Then there is small design touches like the spare battery sits in a compact cradle with a lock to prevent it being short circuited by the change in my pocket and giving me a nasty burn.
I am sure much of that appeal would disappear as soon as I turn the phone on and am greeted by vintage Motorola software. This would go further downhill when the contacts in the hinge break at about week 16 of regular usage.