Can Flip Phones Make a Comeback?

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Rumors are stating that Motorola is releasing a smartphone version of its old, extremely-popular RAZR flip phone next month. Is that even possible? With phone manufacturers competing with each other for the best features, is Motorola taking a step backward?

Even still, is that something people even want? Are smartphone users clamoring to go back to the days when you can’t glance at your phone to tell who’s calling? Can flip phones make a comeback?

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Damien believes flip phones can definitely make a comeback. For him it comes down to price, but it’s definitely a consideration for him, as his RAZR was one of his favorite past phones.

Sayak had a Motorola flip phone many, many years ago and reports it was actually ahead of its time having MMS, Bluetooth, and a camera, despite 2G Internet not even being a thing yet. He has many happy memories and would love to get his hands on one again.

But he’s not sure the phone would be as big of an attraction today as it was back then since the biggest attraction with it was the actual “flip.” This led him to question when the last time was that he even talked to anyone on the phone, as messaging apps have taken over, and if he’s not using those, he’s using Skype. “Motorola flip phones are really history now, and that’s sad.”

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Andrew refers to the idea as a “fantastic novelty” and notes that if they can reduce the markup to a level that people are willing to pay for such a novelty, he can see the new RAZR doing pretty well. He believes it could make the phone “a bit more durable or even be helpful for the segment of the population whose pockets haven’t kept pace with technology.” Like Damien, he’d be tempted to give it a shot if it were in his price and feature range.

Phil notes that having a device where the screen is protected when not in use is a boon “Plus it looks wicked cool when you flip it out.” The “overtones of Star Trek communicator” don’t hurt the notion in his eyes either.

Ryan highly doubts the news RAZR flip phone will make much of an impact on younger consumers. He sees it as a marketing attempt aimed at a select consumer niche. He thinks its success will depend on how well the foldable screen works, but for the fairly steep price, he’s not sure it will sell to anyone other than enthusiasts with cash to burn. “At $1500, why would you take a gamble on an unproven piece of tech when you can have a high-end device like a Samsung Galaxy that you know will do everything you need it to do?”

I fall in line here with Sayak and Ryan. I have no desire to go back to my days of having a Motorola flip phone. I like to look down at my phone and see who’s calling. I gave mine up for the first iPhone and haven’t looked back once. It makes me question if they also want to go back to the dies of a telescopic antenna that you need to pull out to answer the phone.

Your Opinion

Does nostalgia have you wistfully thinking again about a favorite flip phone you had? Or are you happy flip phones are a thing of the past? Can flip phones make a comeback? Join our conversation in the comments below.

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Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. Each and every columnist who expressed their opinion is thinking of a flip phone as a smartphone with a foldable screen. Here’s novel idea – a flip phone is a device that basically only makes phone calls. Amazingly (or unbelievably) there are still many people who do not need/want a pocket computer loaded with features that they never use. They just want to make and receive phone calls. Yes, a flip phone would be niche device but I think there would be sufficient market for it.

  2. @dragonmouth, I agree with one caveat. A flip phone with a full keyboard for sending text messages is what is needed. While I personally would much rather talk to someone than text (I simply refuse to “message”* anyone) I have many contacts who simply will not take phone calls. So, unfortunately, I do need to be able to send and receive texts. Perhaps a “standard” flip phone keypad on a device that will to speech to text would be sufficient.

    *I don’t have any accounts on any “social media” platforms.

  3. Oh hell yes a flip phone would be nice to have again instead of this ‘smart phone’ crap!! The size, being smaller, is the first ‘good thing’ – who wants to keep a damned 6″x3″ monstrosity in their pocket all the time? It’s just stupid.

    The screen is actually protected! No more having to buy the moronic crap *afterwards* to protect ones overly-priced smart phone!

    The price can only be better than the outrageously imbecilic costs of so many of these smart phones! Trying to ‘outdo’ anyone with an overpriced phone borders on needing to be in a padded room for a while!

    Bring it back and I want one *NOW*. I actually use a phone to *TALK* to people…imagine that! No need for me to have my face glued to the screen so I can *type*, when I can look around me as I *talk*. How ingenious!

  4. I carry two smartphone and would gladly trade one of them for a plain, old-school flip phone

  5. Flip phones are fab, they’re so much cooler than your average smartphone. They’re easier to carry too.

    I’ve got a samsung s10 plus. It’s great, but if there was a flip option, I’d go for that like a shot!

  6. Lots of consumers actually are moving away from landline phones to cellular plans. However they really only want to use that phoneline to make/receive voice calls. Nothing more .. nothing less, so a device that is priced right, and that only just does that, and thereby replaces the need of a physical landline, and charging post with a wireless phone on it, is a great option.

    Such flipphones of other providers are still sold at walmart with corresponding no contract plans, and they are selling well, or else walmart would not carry it. so in short YES there is a market for it.

  7. I have used a “flip” phone for about 10 years now. Mine is from AT&T and is a pay as yo9u go caller. I think the first one I had only cost me about $15 to $29. My pay as you go plan is set at $25 a month and the unused amount rolls over to the next month. As far as capabilities, mine has a camera and a rudimentary internet search, (which I rarely use) and of coursae texting and a few other functions. What I like most about it is its only abour 1.5 x 3.5 x .5 inches closed. I have a leather carrier that I ckip on my belt when I go out. The original reason I bought it was for emergencies (911 etc). I’m over 80 years old and its nice to have a quick contact in an emrgency, without getting in my way otherwise

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