GoMo rediscovers retro offerings from Pokia/Hulger
When anyone uses a phrase such as “The Brick is a 2-in-1 phone, which as the first of its kind”, which Binatone did in its release about the launch of its Brick retro phone (see our previous story here), alarm bells ring. Inevitably there’s nothing new under the Sun. After wracking our communal brains for 12 hours we finally managed to come up with the answer. A firm calling itself Pokia ( a play on Nokia) produced a very similar device back in 2004. If you don’t believe us look here. It was an old 20s style handset used as a Bluetooth handsfree.
The device in question had been produced by a British designer, Nik Roope. It was spotted in use by a guy who everyone assumed was P.Diddy – or Puff Daddy as he was previously known.
Actually, the man in the photo turned out to be Farnsworth Bentley, the assumed name for Derek Watkins who was described as the butler for the rapper. He’s a bit more famous now.
But we digress. Nik Roope took his designs from old fixed line phones which the likes of British Telecom used to sell in the UK. Pokia now calls itself Hulger.
Roope’s Mayfair model was spotted being used in the audience at an MTV awards ceremony by Bently.
If you go onto the Hulger web site here, you’ll find a whole range of handsets which can be used as Bluetooth handsfree headsets with most mobile phones.
Sadly, we couldn’t spot the Mayfair, though.