Since the Star Trek Communicator was the inspiration for todays flip phones, why not make your phone look more like the original. I did and here's how.

Step 1: Getting Started

Here's the materials you'll need, it's a pretty short list;

1) A 2 piece plastic skin or shell for the model of phone that you have (unless you choose to case mod the actual phone), mine ran me ~$10.00
2) Spray Paint - (1) can of flat black and (1) can of gold
3) Steel wool or fine (600) grit sandpaper
4) a 3/32" drill bit*
5) 3/8" power drill*

*Optional, only needed if you intend to drill the flip cover shell for that added touch.
<p>I did this with my razr 7-8 years ago, probably the coolest phone case i ever had.</p>
<p>if they made the Bluetooth Shirley can make a phone</p>
<p>this is terrible </p>
<p>you can also download star trek ringtones here.</p><p><a href="http://www.mobiringtone.com/channel/23/star-trek-ringtones/" rel="nofollow">star trek ringtones</a></p>
Does it do that sound?
The RAZR no, but the replica of the prototype Communicator does make the characteristic chirps when you flip open the antenna grill.
<p>You can download the sound. When I used to have a flip-phone with Push-To-Talk/Walkie-Talkie (single button instant contact) - I had the Trek Communicator Alert Beep as my PTT Alert Beep, and the Communicator Opening Sound as my Response sound.</p>
very cool, is it in a contest, id vote for it?! <br>
love it! now all i gotta do is get a phone!
Ever notice how Half of the Motorola Logo Looks like Star Fleet Symbol!! I am using the Krylon fusion paint for plastic and will let you know its longetivity!
i never noticed that it looked like a starfleet symbol until you pointed it out now im like omg how could i not notice that
definitely a brick s***er for me
This is awesome. I had a similar idea but went about it a more lazy way. I made a picture of the gold grid, then used it to make a custom sticker skin at a site that does that. a few days later my custom sticker skin arrived in the mail and worked perfectly. It's not as cool as yours but it looks alright.
How's the paint holding up? Spray paint doesn't typically stick to plastic. However, I've seen some paint at the hardware store specifically designed for bonding to plastic. Nice job... love the communicator. I've used TNG communicator alert tones, as well as TOS communicator chirping on my Chocolate for incoming text messages, and the intercom ship's whistle for my ringtone.
It has had some wear, I'd much rather have the part that cover the body of the phone made of molded black plastic and have an actual brass "grill" to cover the "lid". Maybe a future instructable.
anyone happen to know where I can find a mp3 or wav with the sound of the original star trek communicators opening? :D
Right here:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.mediacollege.com/downloads/sound-effects/star-trek/tos/">http://www.mediacollege.com/downloads/sound-effects/star-trek/tos/</a><br/><br/>Enjoy!<br/>
-Jennifer<br/>my site:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://forum.lib.lsu.edu/slachem/member.php?u=1207">free razr</a><br/>
Now if only the RAZR had automatic speaker phone, it would be in true Star Trek spirit!
well you can press that button on the top left when its open and it will make it on speakerphone, until you turn it off. keep in mind it has to be open to do it.

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