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There was nothing more satisfying than hanging up on someone with a flip phone, especially if said phone was a Motorola Razr V3. You remember it, right? Sleek and shiny, sexier than a T-Mobile Sidekick. It was the slimmest cell phone on the market and a must-have if you wanted to be even remotely relevant circa 2004.
Twelve years later and the Razr has become an iconic remnant of the early aughts along with Juicy Couture track suits and Ed Hardy trucker hats. So when Motorola debuted a video just last month teasing a possible comeback for the nostalgic little flip phone to be released on June 9, every millennial youth on the internet rejoiced:
When the Motorola Razr comes back out you best believe I'm switching back— Mikey. (@MikeyVibe5) June 2, 2016
Just saw that Motorola is bringing the Razr phone back in a few weeks & I low key actually want one again...#bestphoneever— Rachel Caroline (@ray_caroline5) June 6, 2016
heard the razr is coming back..i could still t9 text you into next week, fool. #dontneedtheqwerty— Jenna Bracken (@j__brack) May 31, 2016
I want to go back to the days where you were considered an outcast to society if you didn't own a Motorola Razr— Harrison Barron (@harrison_barron) May 28, 2016
The video, titled "Moto 06.09.16," is set in a high school hallway straight out of 2006 with Boys Like Girls' "The Great Escape" playing in the background. It shows just how widespread the phone once was, propped near the ear of a preppy girl in one of those pink popcorn shirts and in the hands of of jock taking a (most likely blurry) selfie. There's even some goth guy with a matte black version in his locker.
But in a blow just as devastating as when Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey called it quits, today we found out that Motorola was just trolling us. Our dreams of a Razr flip phone with Android capabilities were shattered about as fast as an iPhone screen with the protective case off (which never happened with our beloved flip phones, for what it's worth).
Motorola reportedly apologized for getting people's hopes up, saying that the teasey video was meant to stir up excitement for the future, a.k.a. the new Moto Z. But they recognized people's excitement — because let's be honest, the Razr was a fantastic phone.
From the very outset, it was designed to be a "fashion phone," an accessory with appeal to the fashion set beyond tech nerds. The slim size helped, as did the colors (were you a classic sliver kind of person or a matte black? How cool were those hot pink ones? Were you ever able to cop one of those limited-edition gold Dolce & Gabbana versions?). They made it undoubtedly cool to hold a piece of metal up to your ear.
You can still find one on Amazon for around $65. But if you're already cool with your rose gold iPhone (basically the 2016 equivalent), then really, the memories are all you need. Remember just a few of the celebs who made the phone a fashion statement, long before iPhones took over:
Kanye West - 2005
Paris Hilton - 2005
Anna Wintour - 2007
Avril Lavigne - 2007
America Ferrera - 2006
Nicky Hilton - 2005
Kim Stewart - 2005