Free registration is required to read the article. “WHEN most people shop for a cellphone, considerations like aesthetics, size and features usually top the list. For most, the sleeker, the smaller and the more fully loaded the phone, the better.
But when Eugene Auh went trawling at eBay for a cheap cellphone last month, he searched for one with a decidedly anachronistic bent.
“I wanted the biggest cellphone I could find,” said Mr. Auh, a 27-year-old investment manager in Philadelphia. His winning bid of $25.95 bought a Motorola DynaTac, a 1980′s-era “brick” cellphone that fits more comfortably in a backpack than in a suit pocket.
Rather than subtracting from its charm, the phone’s cumbersome size – it is roughly eight by two by three inches – is its main attraction, Mr. Auh said. Indeed, he plans to take the phone to work, to the gym and even to his nighttime haunts.
“Imagine this: I’ll walk into a bar and ask for a girl’s number, then break out my phone,” he said. “How could you say no to that?” “