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The bananaphone from ‘The Matrix’ can be yours again



Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, BANANAPHONE! Doo doo ba doo do do. Ding dong ding dong ding dong ding, I know kung fu.

The Nokia 8110, adorably nicknamed the bananaphone due to its bendy shape and famously featured in The Matrix, is back.

(That’s still cool, isn’t it? There was a massive gasp in the cinema when that bit happened.)

Due to a really complicated corporate arrangement, Nokia don’t make phones anymore, but a company called HMD Global, who are closely affiliated with Nokia but aren’t Nokia, make Nokia phones. They brought back the legendary, iconic, beloved 3310 last year (complete with Snake), and have now unveiled the bananaphone, in both the original black and a new, bananaey yellow.

It was proper swanky when it first came out back in barely-rememberable 1996, costing over AED5,000 (AED5,000 FOR A BLACK-AND-WHITE PHONE WITH AN AERIAL LIKE A WITCH’S LITTLE FINGER) and offering such up-to-the-minute tech features as the ability to receive ringtones by SMS, meaning you could sit on the bus repeatedly changing them so everyone knew you had a phone and lived in the future.

The new version is known as the 8110 4G and will be on sale from May for the much more reasonable price of AED405. It has a colour screen (whoa!), internal aerial (whoa!), 4G capabilities (whoa!) email (whoa!) and Facebook (what even is that?).

Anyway, here’s a ten hour version of the best song ever written about bananaphones:


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