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  • 08-30-2011 7:13 PM

    Looking for a brand new Serene!

    Hi all,

     

    I'm back for a long sabbatical. I visited Selfridges London recently and was entertained by B&O's massive Plasma display.

     

    It got me thinking, I really want a brand new Serene. Any one know where I can get one?!! I am happy to buy one from abroad if it is genuine and BNIB. I know this is a long-shot however I know that they will rise in value as I never rated the Serenata and I don't believe they are due to make any more handsets.

     

     

    Thanks

  • 08-30-2011 10:15 PM In reply to

    • Evan
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    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    I think eBay would be the best place to check. Apart from that maybe contact dealers individually.

    You may have better luck if your post gets moved to the private/wanted section.

    Evan

     

  • 09-02-2011 6:10 PM In reply to

    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    Hi,

     

    Thanks for that. I have emailed EVERY dealer in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. None have the new Serene. I have found one seller on ebay www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BNIB-Bang-Olufsen-Beocom-Serene-Mobile-Vertu-Designer-/280729404891?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones&hash=item415cc6c5db#ht_3468wt_1141 who has sold them before. I will continue emailing a few more obscure countries' dealer networks before buying that one.

  • 09-02-2011 8:22 PM In reply to

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    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    I'm curious as to why you would want ANY B&O mobile let alone a Serene & why the insistance on it being brand new? £2K for a supposedly unopened one is madness Confused Every mobile phone that B&O have been involved with has been overly priced & lacking in functionality with the Serene being only slightly preferable to the equally rubbish Serenata which in all honesty is just an overpriced fairly decent mp3 player which can also make phone calls.

    Don't get me wrong here - I am simply expressing my personal opinion & I know there are many happy Serene owners out there - but regrettably I know there are many more unhappy ones.

    Each to their own though & good luck with your search but the only new one you are likely to find is gonna set you back £2K which you will regret paying.

    Chris.

    The use of metaphors should be avoided like the plague. They're like a red rag to a bull to me.

  • 09-03-2011 3:31 AM In reply to

    • AT
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    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    About a year ago I've seen one in the window of the Hungarian B&O shop. It could be there....

  • 09-03-2011 6:14 AM In reply to

    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    Thanks, I will try Hungary although if it was on display it would be ex-display not new no?

     

    The reason for me searching for new ones is that I think this is a unique product. Whilst the Serenata was just a generic Samsung phone this was the only mobile B&O made that won acclaim and still to this day is 'cool', 'unique' and 'iconic'. It is not an iPhone but then really none of my B&O tv's have been superior to their rivals however 10 years on I want them in my home, the other Japanese crap can take a hike.

     

    With the Serene I think in time people will come to recognise this as a really impressive piece of kit. The reason for having it new is that all the ones being sold are really in poor shape. Having mine as new and as a show-piece will make it unique. One to enjoy and keep for the future collectors. That's my opinion but judging by how hard it is to find even an ex-demo (none in any country I emailed, let alone a new one) it seems fairly valid versus their other products. The London branches also advised me that the phones were massively popular with the wealthy Arab and Nigerian clients they had and if they had them in stock they'd sell 10 a day.

  • 09-03-2011 6:20 AM In reply to

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    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    Medogsfat:
    Every mobile phone that B&O have been involved with has been overly priced & lacking in functionality

    Everytime I look at the Serene in the promo images, I want one. Everytime I went to buy a Serene, and saw it in person, I changed my mind! It was always much bigger than the photos suggest and the functionality was odd. I like the idea of having a really small clamshell phone, in rubber. But, the Serene never convinced me when I went to pull the trigger.

    Casually looked on eBay recently and saw a new model on-sale for £1K! Madness.

    I'd love to buy a different phone - everyone has an iPhone now - but there are few good alternative options. The forthcoming Windows mobile UI looks interesting, in a very different kind of way.

  • 09-03-2011 7:43 AM In reply to

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    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    ssgill:
    The reason for me searching for new ones is that I think this is a unique product.

     

    So was the Sinclair C5! Is that next on your 'must have' list? 

     

    No - thumbs down

  • 09-03-2011 8:35 AM In reply to

    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    Very tactile phone - certainly as good as a Vertu and rather less bling (it doesn't have the concierge system obviously but most will have a similar system through one's bank).

    I did have one for a while but gave it back as it kept breaking - the hinge motor kept staying on and running the battery down. I had it fixed once but it did just the same on return from B&O. I liked it as a phone - the camera was next to useless though. I am afraid I have an iPhone now - in a completely different league - rubbish phone but handles email and web surfing brilliantly. Some of the apps are now indispensible. I can see it being an interesting piece in later years - though no doubt the technology will have moved on and it won't work! I liked the Serenata too - even more tactile and good MP3 player - compleetely hopeless as a phone though! How to make texting difficult!!

  • 09-03-2011 9:18 AM In reply to

    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    The Serene is a beatifull phone ! I have the serene & serenata, use the serenate everyday but the serene is, for me, the most beautifull one !

    I've seen one few weeks ago in a Belgium Brussels shop : but don't remember where ( 3 shops in Brussels). Call them !

    BANG & OLUFSEN Steylemans

    Rue Alfred Stevens 74
    1020 BRUSSELS
    T: 0032 2 4787878

     

    BANG & OLUFSEN Louise

    Chée de Charleroi 27
    1060 BRUXELLES
    T: 0032 2-6400825

     

    BANG & OLUFSEN Teleprince

    AV. PRINCE DE LIGNE, 24
    1180 BRUXELLES
    T: 0032 23749849

     

    Good luck !

     

  • 09-04-2011 4:42 AM In reply to

    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    Hi guys,

     

    Glad there are some people appreciating the excellence of the Serene design and its collectable attributes! To all those who have provided emails, sadly the dealers mentioned have lost boxes etc and so they just have the phone or the phones have been marked and used by customers.

     

    My search continues!! I think I may just pull the trigger on the new one on ebay, I can't see myself losing anything if I keep it.

  • 09-10-2011 4:53 AM In reply to

    I BOUGHT IT!!

    My BRAND NEW Serene just arrived!!

     

    I love it!!! Worth the money definitely.

  • 09-10-2011 6:28 AM In reply to

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    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    Have fun with it.  They're great looking phones!  I got mine 5 years ago when they came out and it's still working fine.  If it does eventually go, I'll probably just look for another one or maybe try it's younger brother.

  • 09-11-2011 12:04 PM In reply to

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    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    I'm happy to hear it Smile

    Can You please share with us, where did You found it, and what was the selling price?

  • 09-11-2011 1:35 PM In reply to

    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    Once again thanks for all the emails!

     

    The dealers didn't have any brand new (many simply laughed down the phone in the same way the maitre d' @ Dorcia did at Patrick Bateman in American Psycho when he requested a same-day reservation!

     

    I bought from the UK seller on ebay who is selling a Brand New Serene. He is a great guy if not a little eccentric, I am pretty from emailing pretty much every B&O dealer in the developed world over the past month that he is the only one with them. I paid £1800 although he is selling for £2000 to cut a deal just for me. It was worth the saving as I will keep it in pristine condition and think it will only appreciate in value to real B&O aficionados as the only truly cool 'iconic' B&O mobile. Kick Mobiles www.kickmobiles.com used to sell for £2000 + VAT but stopped getting stock about a year ago.

  • 09-11-2011 1:45 PM In reply to

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    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    ssgill:

    I paid £1800...

    One smiley for that: Surprise

    Good lord. You must have really wanted a Serene!

  • 09-11-2011 2:04 PM In reply to

    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    The way I see it is the only one in the world I can find new. How many people can say they own a B&O product such as this? The other great thing is it takes so little space it can be stored or used (i.e. be with you at all times).

  • 10-10-2011 12:44 PM In reply to

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    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    ssgill:

    The way I see it is the only one in the world I can find new.

    Er.... looks like this seller was a little economical with the truth with his claims to have sold you the ONLY NEW ONE IN THE WORLD. Hmm

    I wouldn't be surprised if he has a few of these things waiting to be listed.

    The use of metaphors should be avoided like the plague. They're like a red rag to a bull to me.

  • 10-10-2011 1:24 PM In reply to

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    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    And here it is again .... http://www.ebay.com/itm/BNIB-Bang-Olufsen-Beocom-Serene-Mobile-Vertu-Tag-Phone-Designer-MUST-SEE-/280751922524?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones&hash=item415e1e5d5c#ht_3444wt_1348

  • 10-10-2011 4:18 PM In reply to

    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    At least seller could have made some decent pictures for that kind of money.

    Never knew, to be honest, that people would spend that much for the Serene, so this guy is actually selling! I think seller is referring to member "ssqill" who's the only 1 in the world buyerBig Smile

    The Serene is a beautifull looking phone, no doubtYes -  thumbs up

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  • 10-10-2011 4:55 PM In reply to

    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    At the time it just looked so wrong seeing the word 'Samsung' next to the wording 'Bang and olufsen'

    I remember ordering one at the end of 2005 from B&O of York but cancelled it at the last minute. For me the killer was the Samsung name on it  and that weird camera on the side of it!

    The iPhone 4 should of been the phone that B&O launched due to the beautiful construction of it!

  • 10-10-2011 5:54 PM In reply to

    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    When I see the price Pound Sterling 1.800,00 I wonder how many vintage items I can get for that amount.Big Smile Oh man, Oh man.

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  • 10-10-2011 6:10 PM In reply to

    Re: I BOUGHT IT!!

    2800 USD, 2067 EuronsSurprise

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  • 10-13-2011 8:26 AM In reply to

    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    If my memory serves me right, B&O gave the then president G W Bush a Serene when they launched.  At the time presidents weren't allowed mobile phones (Obama sulked so he is allowed to keep one). 

    Anyway, what are the chances of GWB actually opening it and using it - maybe he has a brand new Serene. 

    ssgill -this may be your chance if you ask him nicely!!!

     

     

     

     

  • 10-13-2011 12:23 PM In reply to

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    Re: Looking for a brand new Serene!

    Oh dear - it just got WORSE for ssgill.Sad I would feel that I had been lied to if I were him & ask for a refund.

    Still way overpriced though even at these "bargain" prices.

    Chris.

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