Hi Mr Startac. So this Startac version with the dot matrix LED display is the 6500e, did not know this. Why were two different display modes of the same 6500 phone made ? And which type of display was more popular with this model ? I guess the LCD display is less power hungry, so the battery would last a bit longer with LCD. Personally, I much prefer the LED displays on old mobiles. Cheers, Chris.
You'd think the LCD version would be more widespread because it uses less power and easier to see in broad daylight, but the LED startacs were everywhere unlike the LCDs, not sure why. Maybe Moto had the infrastructure in place already to crank out LED modules and it was a cheaper route. It seemed they always had an LCD variant for all of their microtac versions, but were always hugely outnumbered by the LED models, at least here in the states. Once in a while you'll still see the (1-line) LCD AMPS startacs for sale online.
Could you post a photo of the blue phone in the second and third photos showing the battery compartment labels, or at least post the model number and MSN? Just interested in knowing...
The small embossed StarTAC logo on the inner side of the flip indicates this is an early unit from 1996 or early '97, and that plus the lack of a "VIB" label on the 8 key point to this actually being a StarTAC 6000 (the 6500 apparently came out sometime in March to June of 1997...).
Thanks, that's a nice early unit. Seeing that this is evidently a 6000, the photos should be moved to the 6000e listing if possible. Do you have any other 1996-dated StarTACs in your collection?
Recently had the good fortune of acquiring two early StarTAC 6000's on separate occasions with a date code of WS (September 1996), placing them among the earliest units to be issued as that model was announced on September 30. Interestingly, both have the VIB label on the 8 key despite the absence of that feature; perhaps Motorola hadn't started producing the "VIB"-less keypads yet when these were made. I intend to post photos soon.
I removed the pictures and will upload these on the 6000e page soon. I do not have other StarTac phones from 1996, except on, which I got within the few prototype phnes. It is an 8500 VIP and it was made in March 1996. So it is maybe one of the first 8500 VIP ever.