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Motorola DynaTAC America Series 900
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After a long search, I finally found this old baby. 8-) Unfortunately, the contacts are broken and therefore I can not test it.
Has anyone of you ever broken contacts replaced by new ones?
Iâ€™d say you could probably solder some flat, bent pieces of metal to whatâ€™s left of the contacts, and that should work.
Isnâ€™t this phone more like the 8000S rather than the 8100L? Itâ€™s from the same time-period as the 8000S, and is even an F09DSD like the 8000S is.
You're right! It has the same model number as some of my DynaTAC 8000S. I have corrected the description. Thanks a lot!
I didnâ€™t want to say anything about this until I got it because I was skeptical that maybe it was too good to be true, but I found one of these things on eBay for absolutely dirt-cheap. It was far cheaper even than a run-of-the-mill 8000M or 8000F normally goes for. I think it had just been listed when I found it, because it wouldnâ€™t have lasted long.
One of the battery contacts had broken off, but was still present thankfully, so I just soldered it back on. I also had to full-disassemble the phone and clean the contacts under the buttons. I also found that the fuse was blown, so I have it jumpered right now, but will install a proper fuse eventually.
Another thing is that this phone, like my 8000S, also wonâ€™t register with my test-set, which gives me hope they there is probably nothing wrong with either phone, and itâ€™s my CMD80 being picky. Iâ€™ve had several other phones that did odd things and just overall donâ€™t get along well with it.
So Iâ€™m now almost positive that the phones arenâ€™t broken, because I think the odds of getting two with the exact same issue are pretty slim.
I should also mention that mine was made in 1986 just like my 8000S is.
Very happy to have another early DynaTAC in my collection!
Was this, in-fact, the first handheld phone in the America Series lineup? Iâ€™m pretty certain it was.
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