By CHONG JINN XIUNGbytz@thestar.com.my
DON'T you yearn for the simpler times when mobile phones had no colour screen and the best game on the market was Snake?
Well, DiGi is offering its customers a chance to relive the good old days as they have listed the Nokia 3310, Motorola StarTAC and Ericsson SH888 for preorder on their website.
We all know the classic Nokia 3310 as the phone that could survive anything. It had interchangeable covers, predictive text input, a currency converter and the awesome Snake game everybody loved.
The Motorola StarTAC meanwhile has the classic folding design, inspired by the communicator from Star Trek. Who needs a touch screen when this phone has actual real buttons you can press?
Meanwhile, the Ericsson SH888's super thick antenna ensures clear reception, saves 100 numbers on your phone book and a WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) browser.
Of course, as you would guess by now, it is April Fools so we are pretty sure the folks at DiGi are pulling our legs on this one.
As good as the Nokia 3310, the asking price of RM1,499 for the device itself is ridiculous as is the inclusion of free 30GB of Internet on a pre-smartphone era device.
The other two phones don't fare any better with the Motorola StarTAC and Ericsson SH888 priced at RM2,399 and RM1,899 respectively.
Nice try DiGi, but I think most people won't be falling for this April Fools joke!
Still if you are up for a good laugh head over to http://www.digi.com.my/vintagephones to check out the phones.
DiGi head of online sales and services Ramesh Rajandran said he was pleased in the joke's success in generating some buzz and online traffic to DiGi's web site.
"To date, we would consider this to be one of our most successful social media campaigns," he said.
According to Ramesh, conversations on the prank started going viral on Friday night. He added that DiGi's callcentre even received some calls from customers asking how they could buy the devices.
Some have even said they would throw their current phone away and use the 30GB Internet quota mentioned in the prank.
Ramesh said the three phone models were picked for nostalgic reasons as they were popular back in their day.