Throwback Thursday: The Motorola RAZR

By on May 19, 2011 at 3:59 PM.

Throwback Thursday: The Motorola RAZR

Motorola has produced several iconic handsets during its storied existence. The DynaTAC, the Vader, the v60 and of course, the Motorola RAZR. What Nokia did for the candy bar-style mobile phone in the 1990′s, Motorola did for the flip phone in the early 21st century. Thin, sleek and stylish, the RAZR was initially brought to market in early 2005. The handset was light, easily fit in the pocket and packed a flat, backlit keypad that proved itself to be a formidable text messaging obstacle. The device was so popular, in fact, that just over 1-year ago we were still talking about the handset — the RAZR3 — before it was scrapped by Moto in favor of Android-based smartphones. During its four year reign of terror, where it retailed for nearly $200 on-contract, over 110 million RAZRs were sold by dozens of carriers the world over. We still have an AT&T V3 lying around BGR HQ for posterity sake, and although its utility is diminished, the handset’s mystique remains. How about it: how many of you cell phone junkies were proud RAZR owners?

BGR’s Throwback Thursday is a weekly series covering our (and your) favorite gadgets, games, and software of yesterday and yesteryear.

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Sprint clarifies, confirms new Premier member prerequisites

By on January 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

Sprint clarifies, confirms new Premier member prerequisites

Way back on the 20th, we told you that Sprint would be tweaking its customer loyalty rewards program – lovingly known as Premier. Recently, Sprint contacted BGR to clarify a few details about exactly what has to happen for customers to qualify for the program’s restructured incentives.

Gold Level

A gold level member will receive 25% off the purchase of 2 or more accessories, customer news letters, “just because” perks, first to buy offers, and the ability to upgrade one device after 12 months of service. To qualify for a Premier Gold membership, users must have an individual monthly plan costing $89.99 or more or a family plan costing $169.99 (before any applicable discounts).

Silver Level

A silver level member will receive the same benefits as gold members — 25% off the purchase of 2 or more accessories, customer news letters, “just because” perks, and first to buy offers — but will not have the ability to upgrade a device after 12 months of service. To qualify for a Premier Silver membership, users must have an individual monthly plan costing between $69.99 and $89.98 or a family plan costing between $99.99 and $169.98 (before any applicable discounts).

Any customer, regardless of rate-plan price, that has been with Sprint over ten years will automatically qualify for Premier Gold. There you have it. Straight from the horses mouth.

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AT&T's upcoming Samsung A797 gets pictured, sold on the cheap

By on August 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM.

AT&T's upcoming Samsung A797 gets pictured, sold on the cheap

Among the bevy of handsets listed in our pre-launch list from this weekend, the Samsung A797 is one of the phones we knew very little about. Rest easy though, AT&T subscribers — as is always the case, it’s only a matter of time. It turns out some apparently unknowing Atlanta native managed to snag one of these bad boys early and since he is on his way over to Sprint, he’s dumping the A797 on Craig’s List. For $115. Oops. Beyond the form of the handset, there are only a few tidbits to be gleaned from the images. We know it’s a feature phone (ie dumb phone), lack of a d-pad suggests it has a touchscreen and it’s a portrait slider with a Palm-like keypad. Pretty cute at the right price point, which is probably going to be fairly low considering this guy is selling it so cheap. Any Atlanta-area readers considering contacting him?

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Sony Ericsson Idou pops up in silver

By on April 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM.

Sony Ericsson Idou pops up in silver

It’s not every day we can get excited about a Sony Ericsson handset in this day and age, so we cherish every opportunity. Really. Of course ultra-high end isn’t a space the company should be focusing on if it hopes to get things back on track, but it’s great for us so no complaints. The latest round of rumors puts the Symbian-powered Sony Ericsson Idou on sale in October and now that we have a nice clear set of images showing off the silver build, Halloween can’t come soon enough. It’s a sex bomb. Massive 3.5-inch touchscreen, 12.1 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, brushed metal lens guard… It would likely become the most desirable Symbian handset on the market the instant it dropped. Hit the jump for some more shots and try not to drool on your keyboard.

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Black and silver / red versions of E71 caught on camera

By on December 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM.

Black and silver / red versions of E71 caught on camera

Well lookie here. Taking a page out of its own N95 book, Nokia appears to be mixing things up a bit by issuing some color refreshes for the E71. In comparing this to the N95, we mean users should get ready for things to get confusing. There’s no question the E71 is one of the sexiest and most desirable handsets to come out of Finland to date and as was the case with the uber-successful N95, Nokia looks to be going a bit overboard in terms of milking it for all it’s worth. In fact, our favorite Finns have gone above and beyond the call of duty this time. Two new color variants of the E71 made it into the wild recently at Nokia World and considering the E63 is basically an E71-lite (no HSDPA, no GPS, no volume keys / dedicated power button, 2 megapixel camera, plastic body, slightly modified keyboard), we’re now looking at no fewer than 12 different versions of the same phone:

  • Silver E71-1
  • Silver E71-2
  • Silver E71-3
  • Silver / Red E71 (unknown number of variants)
  • Black E71 (unknown number of variants)
  • Black E71x
  • Red E63-1
  • Red E63-2
  • Red E63-3
  • Blue E63-1
  • Blue E63-2
  • Blue E63-3

Did we miss anything? Hit the jump for a shot of the black E71.

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