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    Israeli Mobile Phone Headstone
    Posted on 03.18.05 by AJ. LeVine @ 3:12 pm

    Quick Mobile Facts About Israel:
    Israel has a population of approximately 6.2 million people, and as of 2002 Israel had 6.33 million mobile phones in use and only 3 million landlines. So thats more then 1 mobile phone for every person in the country. Mobiles more than double the amount of landlines in use!
    Now my question is, whose headstone is this? It must belong to some big Israeli mobile phone guru or something, very peculiar…
    Bloghead: Photo caption contest

    Update:
    The tombstone is located in southern Israel and was erected August 13, 1998 for 17 year old Guy Akrish who died in a car accident.

    Call it a monument to Israelis’ love affair with cellular telephones. Gleaming in the sunlight, a larger-than-life black marble model of the mobile phone Guy Akrish loved to cradle now marks his grave in a cemetery in the southern town of Ashkelon. “Hello, this is Guy, how are you doing?” reads the epitaph on the “digital display” of the phone-headstone of the 17-year-old killed in a road accident a month ago. Guy’s sister Diana told reporters the family decided on the unique memorial “because Guy so much enjoyed talking on the phone.

    -Reuters
    More can be found here
    Thanks Drone,
    Information on this was found here.


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    1. very coool. maybe next they will have headstones in all different shapes…..animals, computers, flowers, houses, intruments ect.

      Comment by <><><><><> — March 18, 2005 @ 9:30 pm

    2. Dude, that’s crazy. Cellphones tombstones, crazy shiznit.

      Comment by Hadass — April 5, 2005 @ 10:47 am

    3. Cell Phone Tombstone

      This might be the saddest tombstone I’ve ever seen. If this isn’t the inventor of the cellphone—something I’m not sure I’d want looming over me in the afterlife, anyway—then I’d really like to dig him up and steal all the…

      Trackback by Gizmodo — April 18, 2005 @ 2:30 pm

    4. I don’t know whose monument this is, but Israel is where the technology that is used in most cell phones was invented, and is continually being developed. This could explain why in a nation of just over 6 million people, over 80% own cell phones.

      Comment by daniel — April 18, 2005 @ 2:48 pm

    5. for example i cant imagime my life without a cellphone !

      Comment by asaf — April 18, 2005 @ 5:53 pm

    6. Why such an old unit? That’s an analog startac

      Comment by Eric Blade — April 18, 2005 @ 6:51 pm

    7. Typically the reason for most people having a cell phone and not a landline, at least in developing countries, is the lack of traditional telecom infrastructure.

      Comment by David — April 18, 2005 @ 7:40 pm

    8. Israel is not a developing country! Israel is the only country outside US where Intel and IBM actually do real R&D!

      Comment by Goose — April 19, 2005 @ 4:12 am

    9. yes, we got alot of cell phones… maybe too many, cell phones for babies too!

      Comment by an Israeli citizen — April 19, 2005 @ 5:22 am

    10. Why doesn’t Israel have cable phones yet on Wifi?
      They are cheaper, never go out of range and are like using a portable phone in your house so there’s no EMF rays etc…?

      Comment by Mike — April 19, 2005 @ 10:28 am

    11. Not surprised you wouldn’t know that Israel has been a technology leader for decades, since the only thing that ever seems to make the headlines from that country is bad news.

      Comment by daniel — April 19, 2005 @ 11:51 am

    12. eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/ 2005/03/cell_phone_tomb.html
      This link will explain everything. It was a 17 y\o kid. He died in ‘98 (I know before most of you were born). Thats why the startac that was his phone when he died.

      Comment by drone — April 19, 2005 @ 6:17 pm

    13. ok nevermind just do a google search for cellphone tombstone. It’s the first hit in the search.

      Comment by drone — April 19, 2005 @ 6:19 pm

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      A young Israeli, Guy Akrish, was only 17 years old when he died in a car crash.  His family erected this mobile phone tombstone “because Guy so much enjoyed talking on the phone,” according to Unwired News.

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