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This Almost Happened: Nokia’s Star Trek Communicator Cell Phone Prototype

Back in 1998, Nokia created fourteen prototypes of a modified N76 that featured custom sounds, graphics, and hardware to make it look, sound, and behave like a Star Trek communicator.

One of those prototypes recently showed up on Ebay:

Nokia Star Trek Communicator

Obviously, the project was quickly abandoned because–really–aren’t “regular” custom ringtones already punishment enough for civilized society?

Via TechEBlog by way of Neatorama, who thinks that guy who sits next to you on the bus with the Weird Al Yankovic “I’m Fat” custom ringtone is exactly the punishment you deserve.

Find replica Star Trek communicators on Ebay

2 comments… add one
  • Izandra September 20, 2010, 9:48 am

    I am only a mild Star Trek fan, and I would’ve bought the hell out of this. :(

  • Rich September 20, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I am an old school Trekkie, and I would definitely get one of these. I cannot believe a cell phone company hasn’t built these and sold the hell out of them.

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