Motorola StarTac 3000

Motorola StarTac 3000
Motorola StarTac 3000
Motorola StarTac 3000
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Motorola StarTAC models (left to right): 85, mr501, 70, 7868w, 3000.
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Motorola StarTac 3000 Charcoal
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Motorola StarTAC 3000

Year: 1998

Standard: AMPS 800
Factory Code: 80230
TAC: n/a
Notes: Entry level version of Motorola's flagship StarTAC line. Unlike the more expensive models, the 3000 has 20 memory locations, no auxiliary battery terminals, no smart key or side-mounted volume keys, and a basic segmented LED display. Early versions also omitted the vibracall alert. Available in Black with orange LED display, or Charcoal with either orange or green LED display. Original MSRP: USD $399.99

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Original press release dated February 23, 1998:


ATLANTA, - February 23, 1998 -- Motorola's Cellular Subscriber Sector announced a new addition to its family of wearable phone models, the StarTAC 3000 cellular telephone. At just 3.8 ounces, this latest version of Motorola's award-winning phone family maintains the popular size and form factor of the phone's original design and is expected to be among the most affordable of the StarTAC phone family portfolio.

Bringing the exciting benefits of the StarTAC phone product line to an even broader base of consumers, the StarTAC 3000 phone is an affordable, easy-to-use wearable cellular phone. Key features include: a large, easy-to-read, color, 10-digit display that shows the phone number being dialed; dedicated signal strength and battery meters for status at a glance; large keypad with soft touch buttons for enhanced ease-of-use; and full Caller Line ID support for both AMPS and NAMPS implementation.

"The StarTAC phone has proven to be among the most popular cellular phones Motorola has ever manufactured," said Janiece Webb, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motorola's U.S. Markets Division, Pan American Cellular Subscriber Group. "And just as planned, we've continued to introduce variations of this product with diverse feature sets. The StarTAC 3000 phone is geared toward consumers who desire an affordable, compact and wearable phone."

The StarTAC 3000 phone is easy to use and enables even more users to own the unique StarTAC phone form factor. Additionally, a wide variety of optional accessories are available for use with the StarTAC 3000 phone including: Lithium Ion batteries, Cigarette Lighter Adapter, Booster Kit, Desktop Charger and Headset Jack.

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems, components, and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1997 sales were $29.8 billion.

by: NokiaTAC
2019. Oct 11. 17:56
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by: NokiaTAC
2019. Oct 11. 18:02
Never knew there was a StarTAC 3000 with a green display! Very cool. Will have to keep my eyes out for one. The StarTAC 3000 is great phone. Simple, but very good.

I have uploaded a picture of one of mine connected to my Tektronix CMD80 test-set.

I would like to add that I have figured out how to change the system-ID on the CMD80 to match the one of the phone, so I can now have my phones in their home-area instead of “roaming.” :D - (c) 2013