Nostalgic Gadgets & The Noises They Make

Posted On April 19, 2018

There have been so many gadgets over the years which have become known for the noise they make when they turn on. When you think of phone sounds these days chances are you can hear the click of the iPhone unlocking! For that reason, this month, we decided to take a look at some of the gadgets we have recycled over the years and the noises they make.

Mobile Phones

There are so many nostalgic noises when it comes to a mobile phone. The earliest has to be the Nokia 3310 ringtone….or any Nokia for that matter.

You can usually date a movie when you hear the Nokia ringtone; it’s the sound of the 90’s.

If you weren’t cool enough to try and create your own ringtone using the keypad, then the standard Nokia call & text tone was the one you’d be guaranteed to use.

Although iPhone is now far more popular than Nokia; for the kids of the 90’s, this will always be the tone associated with mobiles.


It’s a little disappointing when you turn on a Windows PC these days and aren’t welcomed by the famous tone; it became famous in the 90’s with windows 98. Computers boot up so fast these days it’s no surprise we’re not greeted with a little jingle while we wait.

If you never had the joys of using windows pre Windows 7 here’s the tune you missed out on every time you booted up your computer.

Dial-Up Internet

This isn’t really a gadget we recycle, but it is one that became part of everyday life for adults and teenagers of the 80’s and 90’s!

Even just mentioning the term dial-up you’re bound to get the little tone in your head. If you’ve never heard it, this is what connecting to the internet used to sound like…

Hand Held Game Console

Next on the list has to be the Nintendo Gameboy, whenever this little game console turned on it had a little ping; as a kid, waiting for it to load was almost impossible!

The Gameboy was first released without a colour screen, only to be upgraded later on with a colour version. It featured popular games like Pokemon, Donkey Kong, Super Mario, Zelda and Kirby’s Dream Land. The Gameboy was around from 1989 and was only discontinued in the year 2000!

If you’re planning on recycling any old gadgets, be sure to check out how much you can earn from Cash In Your Gadgets.


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