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11 years before iPhone, the first-ever flip phone changed the world

July 2, 2020


The folded-up flip phone sits in front of me like a child’s plastic plaything, a rainbow of terraced ridges that starts with a bump the color of earwax before cascading down to blue, green, that sickly yellow again and finally to brick red on the back and sides.

It has a SIM card the size of your Visa, a pull-out antenna wobbling on a slender stalk and a hinge that lets you fold it in half to slide the handset into your pocket. It’s irresistible.

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