Iron Man Has a Landline Phone!

Iron Man - Photo Copyright Paramount PicturesLast night, I had the chance to see the new Iron Man movie, a must for any fan of mobile technology. In the film, hero Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., builds a robotic suit of armor, complete with jet boots and a cybernetic helmet. Yet, despite all of his tech savvy, Stark is shown carrying an LG VX9400 (a good phone, but it’s so last year) and (gasp!) using a landline cordless handset in his AI-powered smart home! To be fair, the VX9400 that Stark uses in the film has some features that Verizon Wireless just doesn’t offer. At one point, the protagonist uses his phone to make a video call to villain Obediah Stane from the desert of Afghanistan. The VX9400 is great for watching V Cast but, according to LG’s published specs, is only capable of capturing and sending 15-second video clips. Also, the CDMA VX9400, is incompatible with the GSM Global Phone coverage Verizon has available in Afghanistan. Hm. You would think that Iron Man, a big fan of the LG brand and a Verizon customer, would prefer a Voyager, with its combination of a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard, but perhaps he bought the VX9400 last year and is still ineligible for his New Every Two upgrade. Oh Verizon, why must you always make us wait? What’s really shocking, however, is that our high-tech hero still hasn’t ditched his landline. At one critical moment in the film, he receives an urgent phone call from his assistant, Pepper Potts, and reaches down to answer a VTech handset with a color display, presumably either the LS5145 or the i5871. Don’t get me wrong; these look like nice phones, but you’d think that a hero who takes hands-free cell calls while flying around in his cybernetic armor would be 100% wireless.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Mike Cane Says:

    Really, most of the population would have no frikkin idea what this all means.

    And since I despise most cellphones, I only grasped a wee bit of it.

    But damn, everyone go see Iron Man!

  2. Jim Says:

    How would our superhero get his Verizon DSL without a land line??

  3. patrick Says:

    Iron Man was practically flawless as a super hero flick; it drops pretty obvious hints that would indicate a sequel as well… i’m thinking the next one should be equally great

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  5. john Says:

    ok i don’t know why they are bashing the tech in this movie who cares what he use’s. it a movie and a damn good one and have you thought about he might like the stuff he has

  6. Aj Says:

    Maybe Tony was using VoIP for his “landline”.

    If he’s paying just $24.95/month…I’m sure it would make sense to keep it.
    It’s more secure than his cell phone

    Oh and there are video cell phones for cell.

    Check it out at my website (hit the globalinx banner and click on the $24.95/month unlimited plan to see the video cell phone and videophone for sale).

    This isn’t a spam…it’s a legitimate post, not a bot and I think maybe in the near future that LG phone will be upgraded to include full video call capability…in the mean time I KNOW our Nokia N95 works

  7. Haze Says:

    I think that everyone forgot the fact that Tony Stark is suppose to be real smart and that he may have modified the LG VX9400’s video capabilities and hooked it up to show his actons and those who call him through his phone. The movie probably tried to this side of Tony’s character

  8. Expandable cordless phone system Says:

    I love anything to do with phones, whether its mobiles, cordless phones. I especially love the technology and weird stories. Good post, thanks.

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