Not only was there a time where people were excited for a physical QWERTY keyboard, but they wanted them so badly they would go out and buy an add-on to their phone to have one.
This week’s Flashback Friday comes to us courtesy of our own Noah Kravitz. While chatting about add-on items to devices a couple weeks ago – the same conversation where the Game Boy camera came up – Noah brought up this little gem of a keyboard for Ericsson phones that barely any of us remembered. Before the advent of smartphones as we know them today, phones could barely even be considered “feature phones,” but the Ericsson’s were popular for early text messaging and the ability to write notes on. With the Chatboard you could dump trying to type on the number pad and actually type out whatever you want.
At first I figured these were horribly expensive, but Noah said he didn’t remember it costing all that much. I did some looking around, and it appears there are still some places that sell them and they’re listed for $13. If this is the same price they sold for, that wasn’t too bad at all for what they could do for you. Of course, they looked huge as heck, but since it’s doubtful you were actually using them to pick up girls, it’s doubtful anyone noticed.