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10 Year Old Sony Comic Book Phone Already Forgotten

They should use this phone on 'Heroes'.

This is a low-priced phone from about 1999. It's a simple little Sony that still works and sounds great. The phone came in a lot of chic colors with a sprinkling of style, all for $20. I just found this comic book inspired version at a thrift for a buck, which is even more stylish than the one I already have at home. Great for a retro house, but here's what's weird. I could find no record of it on the internet.

Doesn't smell like tangerines, unfortunately... Something that came out in 1999 isn't on the net? There's barely a record of the regular models of the IT-B3 phone online, let alone this specialty pop art number. Not that it's super important to have the internet act as a catalog of every piece of plastic drek that's ever been, but it does bring a point to mind.

I meet a lot of people these days who rely on the internet instead of simply remembering things on their own. Know someone like that? How many people have told you that their palmtop has replaced their brain, even for remembering the simplest things? I even have a friend who doesn't know her own phone number - she has to call my phone so we can both figure it out from the caller ID.

 I guess that I'm a Luddite for harboring a fear of over-reliance on technology, but what am I supposed to think when my friends can't remember Secret code might open the Batcave.something easy like calculating a tip? The internet isn't a perfect snapshot of facts or recent history. "Old media" like newspapers and TV aren't perfect either, but in my circle it seems like folks honor a Google search as if it were a message from the Oracle at Delphi. The hazardous bit that people seem to forget is that the Oracle would often answer truthfully without giving a true answer.

I guess that's why we're here. At Retro Thing we help the internet remember those forgotten bits of crucial information, old & not so old. We even help people remember fun things like (deep breath, now...) 10 year old comic book inspired phones that still work well and sound plenty good for $20.

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