Flashback: Strange Phones From Unexpected Brands, Part 3 – Coca-Cola, Big, KFC, Garmin

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In Previous flash‌back post, We mentioned that Ericsson is produced a special Coca-Cola Edition phone. And that was years ago Pepsi phone, You care. But we will not focus on drink-branded phones today, instead, we will go for the usual whims. Here are some more weird phones from unexpected brands.

Phone with sweet teeth

Launched in the late 2000s, a year after the “disliked” model became available, The Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola Special Edition arrives in the UK. It’s not available to anyone, oh, you have to earn.

And by “Earn” we understand that you need to collect 60 ring pulls from coke boxes and/or phone tokens (paper tokens attached to selected bottles).

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Ericsson A1018s Coca-Cola Special Edition (Image credit)

As a reward you will receive an extensive Coca-Cola branding promotional package. It has a phone, it has a branded front panel and the carrier logo on the screen has also been changed. The preloaded ringtone played the Coca-Cola theme, but that’s about it.

If you want to add one to your collection some of these phones – and their original packaging – are on eBay.

Non-reusable phone

When you hear the Big brand name, do you think of pens or disposable razors? They are wondering who will be responsible for this next item – Meet the Big Phone, a non-reusable phone sold by Orange in France and Spain.

This is really one Alcatel OT-S210 When painted on Bick Boy (Bick was not involved, it collected royalty payments to give it its name). However, here is the idea of this questionable gadget.

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(Not much) Reusable big phone

The Big Phone sells for € 19 and comes with a charged battery and 10 minutes of talk time. The battery lasts up to 4 hours of calls (and you can listen to FM radio). Recharging the battery via microUSB is easy, but recharging in minutes is a big hassle.

You had to mail the registration form to Orange, once accepted, which added 50 minutes of discussion time. Next, you can add more minutes with Mobicarte vouchers. So, it really isn’t Reusable, But not intended for long-term use. This is what you buy at the airport, and use in the drawer for the rest of the time.

Considering that there is growing support for reducing electronic waste, you might think the Big Phone came from the 90s or 80s. No, Orange came up with the idea in 2008.

Phone with 11 herbs and spices

Colonel Saunders has a secret recipe for fried chicken, but we never expected him to cook a smartphone. And that’s exactly what he did in 2017 – KFC celebrates its 30th anniversary since opening its first store in China Enabled Android-based phone for super fans (based on this) Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus).

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Handmade breads, freshly made, finger-licking good … Huawei smartphone

Only 5,000 units have been made and they are available through a special page in Timal or via the KFC app. This app is really the star of the show – it’s pre-loaded on the phone and popular because it allows users to order and pay by their phone. Keep in mind that KFC is not just one phone but any phone. Not bad, though not the most exciting for 2017.

The K-Music app is even more interesting. It keeps users in control of the music playlist of the KFC restaurant they visit – the company boasted of 4,000 KFC locations in China at the time.

Satnav phone

Well, two phones. Have you heard the word “satnav”? It refers to satellite navigation and digital devices that use GPS (and similar positioning systems) to provide driving directions. Yes, just like every smartphone under the sun today.

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About Asus-Garmin Nuviphone G60 Satellite Navigation

This is 2009 and digital maps still require expensive purchases and subscriptions (as before Nokia dropped the bomb). Garmin has a long history of building GPS devices – anything from hand-held receivers to aircraft cockpits – he knew when he brought the Asus phone. A match made in heaven.

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Nuviphone G60 runs a custom Linux based OS

Two phones were demo at MWC 2009 (check Our report since then). The Garmin-Asus Nuviphone G60 It has a 3.55 ”resistive touchscreen (272 x 480 px), runs custom Linux distro and has 4GB of on-board storage (plus a microSD slot, maps are huge if you want to travel the entire continent).

Another Garmin-Asus Nuviphone M20, Windows Mobile 6.1 device (later updated to 6.5). It has a 2.8 ”small but very sharp display with 480 x 640 px resolution and is powered by an early Qualcomm chipset (528 MHz CPU).

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The Garmin-Asus Nuviphone M20 is small and drives Windows Mobile

Both have on-board GPS receivers, as well as a compass. The loudspeaker explodes from it by its name, giving you turn-by-turn directions. Xiao! Also, it is billed as a “location-based social networking” application. Its main feature is the ability to share your location with your friend (then they can use their Garmin device to navigate your location).

A look around the Nuviphone M20
A look around the Nuviphone M20
A look around the Nuviphone M20A look around the Nuviphone M20
A look around the Nuviphone M20

However, the next year both companies released Nuviphone A50, Android 2.1 Eclair phone and Nuviphone M10, Another Windows Mobile device. They have a photo real junction view of Garmin. No, Street View is not like the 3D rendering of the junction, but still very useful.

In the next “weird phones” …

It’s wrapped up today, but there are other weird gadgets to cover in future installments – we can almost taste them … well, we should probably get rid of junk food smartphones.

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