Monday, February 24, 2020

Motorola V3688 - the world's smallest and lightest phone...

Motorola V3688

In addition to the features mentioned previously, the Motorola V3688 phone gave you these distinctive advantages.  

The V3688 had the following specifications:

Display features:

  • Adjustable contrast
  • Optimax high contrast display
  • Illuminated graphic
  • LCD (up to 5 lines of text plus icons) 
  • Display icons
  • Battery meter 
  • Home zone
  • Offhook 
  • Ringing alert on
  • Roaming indicator
  • Signal strength indicator
  • Text message waiting
  • Voice message waiting indicator 
  • Dedicated Control Buttons
  • Mute button
  • Smart button
  • Volume keys 
  • Selected Languages
  • Automatic selection determined by separately available SIM card
  • European  Eastern/Western 
  • Alert types
  • 11 different ringer tones
  • VibraCall alert
  • Visual alert 
  • Postscripting
  • Short cut number entry system 
  • Keypad
  • Enhanced tactile feel
  • Illuminated 
  • Personalised menu list 
  • Personalised Quick Access List 
  • Telephone Directories 
  • Phone based directories:
  • 100 name/number phone book
  • Last 10 calls made
  • Last 10 calls received/missed 
  • SIM Card (separately available) based directories:
  • Fixed dialling list (up to 40 names and numbers)
  • Phone book (up to 255 names/ numbers)
  • Service dialling list 
  • Call control: 
  • Abbreviated Dialling 
  • Speed dialling 
  • Turbo Dial keys 
  • Automatic Redial On Busy 
  • Call Barring 
  • Call Cost Control 
  • Advice of charge
  • Programmable audible call timers
  • Display call timers or charge meters 
  • Call Diverting 
  • Call Transfer 
  • Call Waiting 
  • Calling Line Identification (name displayed if user programs name in phone book) 
  • Conference Calling 
  • Hold Call 
  • International Access Key Sequence 
  • Key Answer Only 
  • Missed Call Indicator 
  • Mute Call  

  • User Call Rejection         

Network related:

  • Battery Saving Mode (DTX)
  • DualBand GSM 900/1800 (automatic band selection in dualband networks and international roaming where roaming agreements exist)
    Service Selection 
  • Voice encryption with A5/2 Algorithm
  • Service Selection
  • Automatic Change Preferred network list
  • Display All Networks
  • Manual  SIM Application Toolkit (Class 2) support
  • Tricoder Capable EFR, HR, FR
  • Nonvoice features 
  • Data
    Up to 14400 bps standard operation
    Up to 56000 bps with V.42 bis compression
    Direct RS232 PC connection with separately available Motorola Smart CELLect™ modem 
  • Fax
    Alternate between fax and voice (TS61)
    Overflow Indication
    Text Messaging
    Cell broadcast
    Delete all messages
    Phone book access
    Receive short messages
    Send short messages
    Short message reply 

Security Features: 

Phone Lock (Manual/ Automatic)
Restrict Access to Phone Directories

Date launched: 1998/1999
Network: GSM 900Mhz/1800Mhz
Form: Flip-phone
Size: 43(w)x82(h)x26(d) mm
Weight: 83g
Cost new: £299 in UK
Can you use it today: Yes

Competition for the smallest and lightest phone was hot at the end of the last century. Motorola's flagship StarTAC phone, which had originally sold for £1400, was looking decidedly dated alongside newer phones from Nokia. Motorola needed another attention grabbing phone. The v3688 once again won the title of the world's smallest and lightest phone from Motorola thanks to its less then 90g weight and only 25(26)mm tickness.

Unlike, the StarTAC, the v3688 was aimed not at the very top of the market, but at 20-35 year olds with busy social lives. It was all about staying in touch.

Motorola launched a new high status business phone, the tri-band Timeport later in the year, separating their cutting edge fashion and business phones.

Motorola chose PR firm 'Firefly' to bring the v3688 to market in the UK. Like Nokia had done in the past, they launched it at London Fashion Week. 

The campaign was successful and V-series phones carried significant kudos at this time. Motorola marketed a whole range of clamshell phones based on this original design.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Motorola StarTAC 85 - most expensive phone of its day...

Motorola StarTAC 85 (1996)

Date launched: 1996
Network: GSM 900MHz
Form: Clam shell (flip-phone)
Size (StarTAC 85): 57(w)x98(h)x22(d) mm
Weight (StarTAC 85): 98.5g
Cost new: £1400 / 65.000CZK (1997) !
Can you use it today: Yes


When Motorola launched the StarTAC in 1996, it was the smallest and lightest mobile phone on the planet! 
Not only that, it redefined the whole idea of what a mobile phone should look like. Its neat, clam shell design was a taste of things to come. But at the time of its launch the most staggering thing about the StarTAC was its price, an eye watering £1400, making it by far the most expensive mobile phone of its day.

In Britain, Motorola's advertising put the StarTAC next to an American Express Gold Card. Two of the most desirable objects of the era, side by side. It was an old adman's trick to make you think of the two in the same breath, as small as the Gold Card and just as desirable.

The StarTAC, probably like no other phone, had that indefinable feeling of quality that could set it alongside some of the most desirable possessions money can buy.
In such a fast moving world though, the StarTAC's value could not last. Unlike such design classics as the the Mont Blanc Pen or the American Express card, rival products from Sony and Ericsson pushed the price down.

A year later a new slightly cheaper version of the original StarTAC, the StarTAC 70, was selling for a mere £200 and you could get the original, the StarTAC 85, for £300. Although at these prices, it was still one of the most expensive phones of its time.

A year later the StarTAC was available on Orange as the bargain basement MR501 for just £129.99. Cellphone called the MR501 'the ideal phone for posers on a budget'. It looked like the StarTAC, but was lacking in quality and features. 

The StarTAC's final fling was the ultimate expression of StarTAC luxury, the StarTAC 130. With gold lettering set against a matt black background, the StarTAC 130 looked every bit as expensive as it was. A specially branded version of this phone was fitted to top of the range Jaguar cars. 

In Czech Republic the StarTAC 85 was sold for 65.000CZK and it was definitely most expensive phone on the market in 1997. When you ordered it including an extra battery pack, car installation set, leather case and some additional accessories you spent for that almost 100.000CZK !

The StarTAC's appeal lasted into the new century. It also made it to Time Magazine's list of the 100 greatest gadgets of all time.

StarTAC range

  • StarTAC 85, the original from 1996
  • StarTAC 70, cheaper version from 1997
  • StarTAC Lite, even lighter version from 1997
  • StarTAC 110, colour version
  • StarTAC 130, the ultimate StarTAC

Orange StarTACs

  • MR501, cheap version
  • MR701, grown up StarTAC
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What happened to Motorola...

How a culture shift nearly doomed an iconic local company that once dominated the telecom industry.

On the 18th floor of the Merchandise Mart, in a soaring two-story space underneath a vast industrial-looking stairway, a small crowd of business types, pols, and journalists gathers. They’re here on this warm April day to check out the geek-chic new offices of Motorola Mobility, the mobile phone maker that spun off from then-struggling telecommunications company Motorola (now Motorola Solutions) in January 2011 and got snapped up by tech giant Google seven months later.

A big, silver-haired man wearing a dark suit, a Silicon Valley–style open-neck shirt, and a high-wattage smile steps up to the podium. Rick Osterloh has been the president and COO of Motorola Mobility for all of 10 days, the fourth man to run the place since its split from the mother ship. In a few minutes, this amiable Stanford grad will launch visitors on a tour of the slick 14-acre space. They’ll see images and artifacts from Motorola’s storied history—the first car radios, the first handheld mobile phones, the first device to carry voice and video from the moon to the earth—interspersed with lots of glass and metal and Google-bright colors. They’ll visit a game room complete with retro pinball machines, seven big labs with see-through walls, and 10 kitchens with tech themes. (In the NASA kitchen, snack bags nestle inside an Apollo space helmet.)

But first Osterloh gives a short speech. He feels good about the future of Motorola Mobility and of Chicago, he says. The company’s growth rate, he claims, would be the envy of any startup: “Motorola Mobility shipped 6.5 million devices in the first quarter of the year, up 61 percent over the [same quarter] last year.”

What Osterloh doesn’t mention is that those devices represent a paltry 2 percent of the global market for smartphones. Or that Motorola Mobility lost $198 million in the first quarter of 2014. Or that its losses just since Google took over have totaled more than $1 billion, even as the company has cut some 17,000 workers.

Osterloh then cedes the podium to a dapper Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had helped convince Google brass to move the business downtown from suburban Libertyville. “Motorola Mobility will act as a major economic engine,” Emanuel declares, “bringing 2,000 jobs to the city.”

No one, least of all the mayor, acknowledges the elephant in the room. Three months earlier—less than two years after Google completed the deal to buy Motorola Mobility in the first place—Google’s CEO, Larry Page, agreed to sell the company to Chinese computer maker Lenovo for $2.9 billion. (Currently undergoing regulatory scrutiny, the deal is expected to be finalized sometime this fall.) Already, obsolescence haunts these halls. The Google colors were out of date before the place even opened.

As for those 2,000 Chicago jobs? Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing can do with them what he likes. The future of Osterloh and his Google-anointed team, in particular, looks far from certain.

Getting outflanked by tech upstarts, hacked in two by a fearsome corporate raider, and finally taken over in part by a Chinese company that exists largely because of the world Motorola made for it: Such a fate would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Motorola was then one of America’s greatest companies, having racked up a stunning record of innovation that continually spawned new businesses, which in turn created enormous wealth. Motorola had the vision to invest in China long before most multinational companies. It even developed Six Sigma, a rigorous process for improving quality that would be embraced by management gurus and change the way companies nearly everywhere operate.

However, as the history of many giant corporations (Lehman Brothers, General Motors) shows, great success can lead to great trouble. Interviews with key players in and around Motorola and its spinoffs indicate that the problems began when management jettisoned a powerful corporate culture that had been inculcated over decades. When healthy internal competition degenerated into damaging infighting. “I loved most of my time there,” says Mike DiNanno, a former controller of several Motorola divisions, who worked at the company from 1984 to 2003. “But I hated the last few years.”

Motorola began as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in 1928, just before the Great Depression, founded by a 33-year-old native of Harvard, Illinois, named Paul Galvin. Its small offices stood on Chicago’s West Harrison Street, a dozen blocks from the Loop. Two years later came the company’s first big breakthrough: commercializing the first mass-market car radio by figuring out how to eliminate static interference from under the hood. But success didn’t come easily, says Paul’s grandson Chris Galvin, who ran Motorola from 1997 to 2004. Paul was a serial entrepreneur, and two previous ventures of his had flopped. “The company’s success,” Chris explains, “was born of failures.”

As Paul and his brother Joe built the company, they created an environment that drove people to invent and fail and learn and invent again. Motorola became known for its culture of risk taking, its investment in training and development, and its almost fanatical insistence on respectful dealings among employees.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The R2001D Communications System Analyzer

Motorola is a premier supplier of full-featured communications network testing and analysis solutions and Communication Test Equipment is your foremost source for the best selection of competitively priced Motorola communication analyzers and other communications network test instruments.

An increasingly crowded frequency spectrum combined with rapidly evolving protocols and technology in the communications industry means that your testing and analysis solutions absolutely have to meet the highest standards in order to keep pace.  
The R2001D Communications System Analyzer with high stability oscillator comprises 12 instrument functions for transceiver testing: Spectrum Analyzer, Duplex Generator, Modulation Oscilloscope, Frequency Counter, AC/DC Digital Voltmeter, RF Wattmeter/Signal-Level Meter, General Purpose Oscilloscope, Multimode Code Synthesizer, Distortion/SINAD Meter, Sweep Generator, DTMF Encode/Decode, and Printer Port.

Frequency range is 10kHz to 999.9999MHz with a resolution of 100Hz. Output in 50-ohms is 0.1 MicroV to 1Vrms on FM and 0.1 MicroV to 0.4Vrms on AM. The monitor mode measures frequency from 1MHz to 999.9999MHz. The auto-ranging CRT display has a resolution of +/-10Hz or frequency error. Input sensitivity is 1.5 MicroV for 10 dB EIA SINAD. The spectrum analyzer has a 75 dm dynamic range.

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StarTAC 85 legend back on board...

My buddy asked me to last month to help him with repairing his very old legend... the Motorola StarTAC model 85 mobile phone. Its back on board already. My own StarTAC 85 is still in daily usage too ;)
Upon many requests on Google+ for more info about refurbishing there I am posting some details as follows...
Yes, the LCD display lost few lines by years, buttons partially did not worked or had to be really hard pushed to work and battery was dead. StarTAC did not started at all and even more it was not possible to charge it. 
Flat cable and connector has been cleaned, side buttons and rubbers cleaned and battery flat wire's interconnections in the battery pack had to be restored.
Partially damaged flat wires was replaced by tiny wires inside the battery pack then also sensing wires was connected back after heavy corrosion damages.
Battery works again as it should with 70% capacity and StarTAC itself works like champ again. 
Buddy and me are happy :)

Motorola StarTAC 85 Specifications

  • Motorola StarTAC 85 General Specs

  • 2G Network GSM 900 

  • SIM card size SIM
  • Announced 1997
  • Status Discontinued
  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Body Specs

    Dimensions 98 x 57 x 23 mm (3.86 x 2.24 x 0.91 in)
  • Weight 112 g (3.95 oz)
  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Display Specs

    Type Monochrome graphic
  • Size 4 x 15 chars
  • - Fixed icons
  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Sound Specs

    Alert types Vibration; Monophonic ringtones
  • Loudspeaker No
  • 3.5mm jack No
  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Memory Specs

    Card slot No
  • Phonebook 100
  • Call records 10 dialed, 5 received, 5 missed calls
  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Data Specs

    GPRS No
  • EDGE No
  • WLAN No
  • Bluetooth No
  • USB  
  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Camera Specs

  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Features Specs

    Messaging SMS
  • Browser  
  • Radio No
  • Clock Yes
  • Alarm No
  • Games No
  • Languages 16
  • GPS No
  • Java No
  • Colors  
  • - Voice note ( 3 min )
  • Motorola StarTAC 85 Battery Specs

    Standard, 900mAh Li-Ion
  • Stand-by 75 h
  • Talk time 230 min  
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