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The SIM800 saga

A project log for Resurrecting a '1G' brick phone on the cheap

In which I attempt to install a Bluetooth module in an old Sony 'Mars Bar' phone, to make it vaguely useful for the first time in 20+ years

James FosseyJames Fossey 09/21/2022 at 20:130 Comments

A little while ago, I got hold of a SIM800L module and tried to install it in the phone, powered off a 4V supply line from the CM-H333 PCB and...it didn't work. Although the phone was definitely supplying 4V to the module, no flashing lights appeared on the SIM800L.


I suspect the current from this supply line is insufficient to power the (rather current-hungry) GSM module. I think I'll try a different tack - installing a Bluetooth module instead. Although the purist in me would have preferred to get 2G connectivity to the handset (thus resurrecting it as a proper phone) I am happy to settle for shapeshifting the phone into a Bluetooth headset.

The Bluetooth module I'm looking at is the JDY-64 as this includes a microphone input (quite rare among the myriad DIY Bluetooth audio modules on eBay) and it should run off the 4V supply line, requiring a far lower current than the SIM800. Fingers crossed!

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