FLIP BOOK The Motorola RAZR flip phone is BACK and renamed the Binatone Blade - we got our hands on an early prototype

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The phone is actually made by a British company called Binatone which licenced the design from Motorola.

 

Simon Rockman claimed he was able to buy a prototype from eBay for just £22.95 - half the eventual street price of £49.99.

He believes it was put up for sale by a company or individual who was sent the prototype for testing.

Rockman worked at Motorola when the original was released in 2003, selling for more than £800.

It was built by a crack team of Motorola engineers who worked overtime in evenings and weekends in a top-secret facility and without managers knowing what they were up to, Rockman said.

The new Blade is aimed at people who want a simple phone without the bells and whistles of modern gadgets

The new Blade is aimed at people who want a simple phone without the bells and whistles of modern gadgets

It's believed that some teenagers and young people are getting fed up of social media, so are turning to old-fashioned phones which make it more difficult to access Facebook or other services

It's believed that some teenagers and young people are getting fed up of social media, so are turning to old-fashioned phones which make it more difficult to access Facebook or other services.

The Blade will come in three colours: red, black and rose gold

Various versions of the RAZR went on to sell over 100 million with everyone from Jeremy Clarkson to David Beckham being spotted with one.

Here's what Rockman, who now runs a telecoms firm called Fuss Free Phones, had to say about the Binatone Blade: "With the basic look of the RAZR, the Blade is more of a tribute act than a faithful follow-up.

"It’s bargain priced and this means it hasn't got the quality feel of the original.

"The new phone is plastic where the original was metal. It doesn’t shut with the same satisfying snap.

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