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Flashback: the telephones styled after Beyonce, American Idol, X-Issue and Fender

Final yr Samsung made a splash with the Galaxy S20+ 5G BTS Edition (and Galaxy Buds+ BTS Version), however that is no shock – BTS is without doubt one of the best-known music acts world wide proper now and the whole lot they contact attracts in crowds of followers (even when it’s a McDonalds meal). However this was removed from the corporate’s first try to make use of music superstars to advertise its devices.

Again in 2007 Samsung (and Dash) launched the Beyonce-themed B’Telephone, a restricted version model of the Samsung UpStage M620. The cellphone had two sides – a simple-looking function cellphone and a media participant with a music controls and a bigger 2.1” 176 x 220 px show (effectively, bigger than the road show that was on the opposite aspect).

The B'Phone promoted by Beyonce
The B'Phone promoted by Beyonce
The B'Phone promoted by Beyonce
A regular Samsung UpStage, back and front

The B’Telephone promoted by Beyonce • A daily Samsung UpStage, front and back

The outside was modified to a gold-and-burgundy colour palette (designed by singer herself) and supplied unique downloadable content material, together with a tune known as “632-5792” (a cellphone quantity) that Beyonce wrote when she was 10. That was it, although, when you needed extra songs, you needed to load them on a microSD card your self (the UpStage supported playing cards as much as 2 GB).

Nokia knew the worth of celeb promotion too, however as an alternative of going to anyone celeb, the Finns determined to solid a large internet and in 2004 (in partnership with AT&T) launched the Nokia 3200 and Nokia 3300 American Idol restricted version telephones. They have been priced $50 to $70 and offered by means of a number of music shops (e.g. Sam Goody, Media Play, Suncoast).

The easy 3200 bought nothing however branding – with no card slot, barely any reminiscence and no music participant, there was little hope for it. The 3300 was a distinct story, nevertheless. Common readers of Flashback will keep in mind it as a sequel to the QWERTY-packing 5510 and because the “Black Telephone”, a Jay-Z branded special edition.

Years later the corporate tried one thing related with the Nokia 5228 X-Issue (in some areas the cellphone was often called the 5233). This Symbian-powered (resistive) contact cellphone was a less expensive model of the 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia’s first attempt to fight the iPhone.

 yes, it looks the same, but it has some pre-loaded content
The Nokia 5228 X-Issue version: sure, it seems to be the identical, but it surely has some pre-loaded content material

Fortunately, it was 2010, so the cellphone got here with a normal 3.5mm headphones jack and microSD slot (not MMC just like the 3300). Nonetheless, all you bought with this particular version was the X-Issue app pre-loaded together with some wallpapers and ringtones from the present.

Additionally in 2010 T-Mobile partnered with legendary guitarist Eric Clapton to disclose the myTouch 3G Fender limited edition. The Android 1.6 smartphone by HTC was given a pretend wooden grain exterior with the trademark Fender sunburst end (even the included headphones have been custom-made).

A 16GB microSD was preload with a few of Clapton’s best-known classics together with “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Coronary heart” and “Fantastic Tonight”. Additionally, two apps got here pre-installed: Guitar: Solo and Musical Gentle.

The (HTC) T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition with the trademark Fender sunburst finish
The (HTC) T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition with the trademark Fender sunburst finish
The (HTC) T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition with the trademark Fender sunburst finish
The (HTC) T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition with the trademark Fender sunburst finish

The (HTC) T-Cell myTouch 3G Fender Restricted Version with the trademark Fender sunburst end

T-Cell additionally supplied methods to spruce up the gadget, together with extra Fender-branded backs, a Fender carrying case and the Rock Dock, a docking station with built-in audio system. The provider additionally debuted a multimedia sync answer that allowed customers to sync music, video and images between their Home windows or Mac computer systems and their cellphone (it’s apparent that T-Mo was on the lookout for an alternative choice to iTunes).

The T-Cell myTouch 3G Fender version was obtainable in T-Cell retail shops (and on-line) at $180 (plus taxes and costs) with a 2-year contract.

Through the years there have been different telephones promoted by well-known musical acts. A newer instance is the Galaxy A80 Blackpink special edition from 2019 (BTS wasn’t the primary Ok-pop band that Samsung has tapped for promotional functions).

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