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7 old cell phones that are really valuable today

By Madlen Schäfer | September 26, 2020, 10:00 p.m.

Technology actually loses value in a very short time. This is different with some old cell phones, they are now really valuable. TECHBOOK will show you which models are now bringing in the most money.

Do you still have some of your old cell phones in a drawer? Perhaps there are real rarities there, because a few models are sought-after collector's items today and are worth several thousand euros. Most of the money can be made when you still have the original packaging. We introduce you to seven valuable cell phones that can make real money today.

Notes on the stated values

At this point we would like to point out that not every cell phone listed here has to achieve the specified amount for a sale. As always with auctions and sales of this kind, the value that can be achieved depends on supply and demand - two factors that can fluctuate widely. However, the following models have traded high in the past.

1. Motorola DynaTAC 8000x - one of today's most valuable cell phones

It's a real bone and THE ancestor of every smartphone: the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. What today looks like a device from the Stone Age is the world's first real cell phone. The patent was applied for as early as 1973 before the device went on sale ten years later for almost 4,000 US dollars. The colossus weighs a whopping 800 grams, the battery lasted an hour and then took ten hours to recharge. Only the numbers could be seen on the display. Customers at the time also had to be patient when buying a device - the waiting time for a device was up to a year.

Unfortunately, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x is no longer functional, but the mother of all cell phones may continue to increase in value, especially in the future, and is already being sold for several thousand euros. Anyone who owns this valuable cell phone should therefore be patient.

2. Nokia 8110

The Nokia 8110 came on the market in 1996 and was best known for the film "Matrix". The slider function as well as the chrome look were revolutionary for the time. Customers had to pay a little less than 1000 euros for one of the smallest and brightest cell phones at the time. That could pay off now, however, because models that are still in their original packaging can bring in up to three times the original retail price. In the case of used models of this valuable cell phone, however, the price drop is very large.

In general, the following applies to Nokia owners: You can check the Internet here to see whether your own Nokia model is now a rarity.

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3. The first iPhone

It was a huge sensation back then when Steve Jobs introduced Apple's first iPhone (also called iPhone 2G) in 2007. With 4 gigabytes (GB) of storage, the iPhone cost $ 499.

Although the number one can no longer keep up technically with newer generations, collectors love this original iPhone. It is accordingly valuable today. The same applies here: New devices are worth a lot of money to collectors. On Ebay, purchase prices can be found between 2000 and 3000 euros.

4. Nokia 8800 Arte Carbon

When it entered the market in 2008, this slider mobile phone impressed above all because of the high quality materials such as titanium, carbon fiber and stainless steel. It was the premium version of the Nokia 8800. The timeless design of the valuable cell phone still has its fans today. In the original packaging, prices in excess of 1000 euros are achieved.

5. Nokia 3310

It is probably one of the most popular cell phones of the past few years and is very valuable today: the Nokia 3310. In 2000, one of the best-selling cell phones in the world came onto the market. It was one of the first cell phones that could send longer text messages. In 2017 Nokia brought out a new edition. Due to the high degree of widespread use, an increase in the value of the phone is only possible when it is as good as new and in its original packaging. In such a case, an old 3310 can be sold for 200 to 300 euros.

6. Nokia 8800 Sirocco

This Nokia mobile phone is a noble variant of the Nokia 8800. The high-quality appearance makes the designer mobile phone from 2007 a coveted item for collectors. This mobile phone has repeatedly reached several thousand euros in sales. Even if there are currently lower prices in circulation, an increase in value can be expected again with this designer copy.

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7. Samsung SPH-N270

This Samsung phone owes its futuristic look primarily to the film Matrix Reloaded. Morpheus uses it, which is why the filmmakers and the Korean producer worked closely together. From the beginning, the Samsung SPH-N270 was a collector's item for Matrix fans - and it has remained so to this day. The mobile phone from the film industry, which is valuable today, has doubled its value since 2003.

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