By David Ponce
This is what you get when you take an enterprising dude with a wacky idea and lock him up in a basement for a while: the “London Calling Mobile Phone”. It’s the brainchild of one Matthew McNear, who, uninspired by today’s traditional cellphone designs, decided he could do better… all on his own. And, since he read someplace that traditional phone booths are quickly becoming obsolete due to the increased use of mobile phones, he thought it’d be neat if you could, well, combine both.
So that’s what he set out to do, without a plan, without much of a budget or even any regard for all those things that are traditionally assumed to be absolutely necessary in the creation of a modern cellphone. And what he created is this decidedly original (if not entirely pretty) cellphone. Specswise, you get an unlocked tri-band GSM unit, which features a 65k color TFT screen, full SMS and MMS functionality, polyphonic ringtones, and GPRS/WAP 2.0. You can set your wallpaper to display one of fifteen different iconic images from merry old England. Plus you can select from Rule Brittania, God Save the Queen, or one of twenty other ringtone melodies. London Calling measures 102mm by 43mm by 21 mm, and weighs approximately 100 grams.
And yes, it’s up for purchase, at something like $130. Kind of reminds me of the PEZ MP3 player.