One2One m300/m301 (Motorola)
Mercury's One2One's first phone
- Date launched: 1993
- Network: PCN 1800Mhz
- Form: Flip
- Size (m300): 57(w)x138(h)x36(d) mm
- Weight (m300): 324g
- Cost new (m300): £300
- Size (m301): 57(w)x140(h)x33(d) mm
- Weight (m301): 250g
- Standby time (m300): 9hrs
- Talk time (m300): 55 minutes
- Cost new (m301): £250
- Can you use it today: In theory
The M300 was one of two phones Mercury offered to its first customers back in 1993. The M300 cost £300. The other, made by Siemens, was larger, heavier and cheaper, the M200.
The M300 was, of course, a restyled version of the Motorola flip phones, the 5080,5200 etc, but tweaked to work on Mercury's 1800Mhz PCN network. It was a pretty neat restyle. The M300 had Mercury's grey colour scheme with blue buttons. The flip did not cover all the buttons, but left the top three exposed and it carried the One2One and Mercury logos.
The M301 came along in 1994 and was smaller and lighter, but otherwise looked very similar.
Both of these models were upstaged by a much improved M400, which dispensed with the flip. However, the M301 soldiered on into 1997, by which time you could get one for just £10.
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Oh man, I was living and working in London at the time I got one of these in March or April of 1994. I loved it and thought I was so cool at the time. (Young and dumb) Although I tried not to use it too much in public because I thought it made me look like a right right ponce, like some yuppie flashing around with his poncey mobile phone. I had it for about 2 years and then during a skint period (Freeloading girlfriend) I couldn't pay my bill and I got cut off, and they wouldn't let me reinstate it back to the same plan so I switched to Orange because the plan I could get was a bit cheaper than Mercury's regular plan at that time.
I also got rid of the bloodsucking gf around that time.
There were people I worked with up until 2003 that still were grandfathered in on the old 'free evening and weekend calls' contracts and people used to sell them on ebay and in Loot for pretty decent money. Ahh fun days.