The Motelona

A package arrived for me today. It was from Hong Kong.

Inside was a typed note that explained the following:
"As the Motelona 158x Brick Phone is very new to the market, no English User Guide is available. Should you have any problem, please contact me at johnny@____."

I've been dreaming of this day for years, and finally it has arrived. I've purchased the largest mobile phone money can buy.

Here is its charger. Did I mention that the battery has a standby capacity of 14 days?

I think it's time for all of you to admit that your cellphones are too small. You have trouble dialing and texting on that tiny keypad. You have trouble finding your phone when it starts ringing. The camera phone feature is more trouble than it's worth. And of course, there's no way to prop the phone on your shoulder if you need to free up your hands.

Well, my phone weighs over a pound.

Some might think this phone is reflective of my general nostalgia for a bygone era. But Gordon Gecko didn't feel any nostalgia, and neither do I. He got it done, and he used a Motorola to do it.

Now I will say something bold: Whoever said that material goods can't fill that void inside never purchased a Motelona 158x.


At 11:42 PM, Anonymous donger said...

are going to call me from 1984?

At 2:17 PM, Blogger h.ackthepla.net - Lucid Cerebrum Feed said...

Hey, just ordered one of those phones and i cant wait, i;ve wanted a retro phone for ages cuz i'm fed up with new ones, kinda fitting i should pick up on this one when the iphone has just been released lol .. i was heading for an old ericsson T28 . i liked them but then i spotted the brick and a GRIN kicked in!!

P.s. ure cute!! :p

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Ah man, I just got one of these too.
Can't wait!

At 4:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got one on Sat..people look at me funny in Home Depot...They probably think I am insane.

Not bad though.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got mine on ebay. Seller said to charge a full 8 hours... Red light came off in 5 hours... Did I stop charging too early? Looks like only 1 day battery life... hmmm....

At 12:13 AM, Blogger RickSantel said...

I just bought one too. But I have Verizon and turns out the dont use GSM they use CDMA. I'm willing to break my contract early and switch to use this thing! Any suggestions on wireless companies?

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am interested to buy one too. Where to buy and how much is it? nutty.r@chaiyo.com

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i brought the motelona brick phone over a year ago,dint use it much so put it back in the box,my modern phone is now driving me mad as only rings twice and goes off,so out came the trusty brick phone put in sim card and to my amazement !!! three days later battery life still showing 1 bar,just cant get to grips with the jap sing song at the start up and end,but at least it works for now,cant grumble.......i was going to put it on ebay,maybe not.ps. and english hand book

At 2:29 AM, Blogger Ezquimal said...

When did you buy this one in hong kong?
please send me the web...

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This phone supposedly works well on t mobile. Be sure to not use the charger because it cooks the battery.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


Yeah, this cellphone is awesome, but you must modify it, before it's running well.

1. check the place of antenna wire inside. At my Motelona, I attached an original Motorola 8800X antenna (17 cm long!!!) and wired it with a shielded cable to the PCB. But beware: the connection (SMA-couplings) of the antenna are reverse!

2. check the outgoing voltage of the docking station. It's possible, that the original ones give to much volts to your cells. That's not good! I attached an Samsung station with 4,5V outgoing voltage.

3. for a better sound of this machine, you can add a shielded wire from the PCB to the speaker.

5. inside the Motelona is enough space to add extra weights. I took sawed steel bars. So the handling of the device will be more original.

And 4. buy a stabile "Rucksack" for carrying this monster ;) Mine is from the German Army.


At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking at this thing for years, red whole bunch on the subject... bad charger, mods to the speaker and antenna, flashing it to get the 850mhz to work and so on. earlier today offered $65 to one of the eBay seller (one in Shenzhen, apparently where this phone is made) after reading your posts i said "what'da heck, only 100 bucks, im buying this!" went to ebay and to my surprise the seller accepted my $65 offer. so there it goes, somewhere in China some happy Chinese guy is packing my motelona... i'm anxious to do all the rights things to it before using it and rock it ol'skool like a fool... and into 2014 or maybe ..15. how many years do you have yours?

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have to wire the 8000x antenna to the PCB or could it just be screwed on? Thanks.

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also company doesn't list an 850Mhz availability. How can this frequency be achieved? Thanks for the help.

At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey ยก I want one

Can some one posy some links om where to buy these please



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