The Maxon MX-3204 was released in 1997. It had a distinctive curved shape which was offered in a range of colours including black, red, silver, Persian blue and metallic gold/bronze. Four main navigation buttons were arranged for ease of use in a circular formation at the top of the keypad.
The monochrome screen could display 4 x 12 characters with fixed icons. An LED indicator on the top edge of the phone provided a status indicator that was red when the phone was not connected to the network or had a low battery; green when connected to a network; and yellow when the battery was discharging.
The phone book could store telephone numbers and associated names in the SIM card. Support was provided for the sending and receiving of SMS text messages and commonly used message types could be stored as templates. A call list recorded recently dialled and received calls and timers recorded the duration of the last dialled call and a cumulative total.
A variant of this device was made for the Vodafone network where it was branded as the Vodafone MN-1.
Maxon was founded in 1974 in Seoul, Korea and changed its name to Maxon Telecom in 2000. Maxon Cellular Systems A/S was created in 1987 in Denmark as a subsidiary to Maxon Telecom with specific responsibility for research and development into GSM mobile phone technology and products. Subsequently Maxon Cellular Systems A/S was re-branded as Maxon Telecom A/S.
Some information courtesy of Nigel Linge & Andy Sutton, the authors of 30 Years of Mobile Phones in the UK (Paid Link)