Esato celebrates 10-year anniversary

9 August 2011 by
Esato has been around for over 10 years now and it is time to summarize

Esato 10 years old 

This month, World Wide Web celebrates 20 years. Esato is not that old, but the Esato web site has existed in half of those twenty years. In 2001,,, was more popular sites than Google. Even (remember Microsofts login service?) attracted more visitors than Google did. Wikipedia was founded in 2001 but Skype, MySpace, Facebook, Podcast, Flickr and Twitter was still unknow web sites and services.

Esato is one of the oldest mobile centric web sites still around. We started up before iPhone, Android, Sony Ericsson, Windows CE and tablet was even though of. We have changed focus from being a site offering free ringtones and wallpaper, and later Sony Ericsson themes to being a site bringing daily news from the ever changing mobile phone world. Back in 2001 mostly offline feature phones was sold such as the Nokia 3210 which sold in 160 million units alone. But PDAs and more advanced smartphones started to emerge.

My entry into the mobile phone world happen when the company I worked for in Norway was awarded the job to create Telenor's WAP portal. We got our hands on the first Symbian powered smartphone entering the country, the Ericsson R380. Telenor wanted a way to demostrate what this new WAP thing was to their customers. I created the Wapalizer WAP emulator in perl which converted WAP pages into browser friendly HTML pages viewable on a desktop browser. I set up to host the Wapalizer and it was soon sold to UK based Fortunecity to join Wapdrive as the forefront to the mobile web. I left Gelon but wanted to do something similar and therefore started Esato.

Esato would not have been what it is today without the contribution from the forum community. A big thanks to all of them. We should especcialy honour our moderators: First was jh67 from Denmark, he is now editor of Zoom photography magazine in Denmark. Then came tranquil, a very friendly guy from Norway. GOwin and arnoldc are both from the Phillippines. I had the pleassure to meet both of them and several other members during a one month island journey several years ago. Their acquaintance saved me a lot of trouble when we where about to leave the country and the 21 day visa had expired. It was also a memorable moment to join an eyeball meating with many Phillipino members back in 2002.  We also have Cytech from Sweden, the home country of Ericsson. The two currently most active moderators are masseur from Australia, now living in England and tranced from the Dominican Republic. All moderators has done a tremendous job to keep the spammers away and removing unwanted content. As you can see, our moderators and members are from all over the world. We currently have more than 214.000 members and we will shortly reach 3 million posts about mobile phones. Congratulations to you all!

Esato has sold ringtones and video clips, been running a smartphone app store but those sources of income did not have any future. We are now relying on Google Adsense for making the money needed to run the site.

Esato early years:

Esato forum anno 2001
Eyeball meeting at the Che restaurant Manila Phillippines in 2002

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Raptormex10 years, 3 months ago
Congratulations to Esato!
Congratulations to the community!
OffLineR10 years, 3 months ago
We love Esato.
It is an honour to share thoughts with all Esatonians.
Cheers all:)
[ This Message was edited by: OffLineR on 2011-08-09 15:31 ]
tranced10 years, 3 months ago
Wow I can't believe this. Ten years are gone and Esato still on
I feel so proud of belonging to this site!
bahraini10 years, 3 months ago

am so proud to be part of this community since the first year
yes i hardly right something
but this is my home on the internet which must visit everyday
spent alot of time here
got so many ideas , experiences, it was and still will be great
help for me
[ This Message was edited by: bahraini on 2011-08-09 16:04 ]
bahraini10 years, 3 months ago
Thank you laffen
for the great effort and time you are givving to this place
i know how hard it is to a keep it running and making it better and better
for a whole 10 years..

Sony Ericsson owe you a very big big big thank you
this site was one of the reasons to became popular
and beloved
this site helped them to keep the fans with them on
their darkest nights
this site still serve and help many people when SE itself
fail to help
All ppl envy us for ESATO
woow, i talked to much
[ This Message was edited by: bahraini on 2011-08-09 16:19 ]
Miss UK10 years, 3 months ago
Gosh that long already Visit forum to view images
Happy Birthday Esato !
ofiaich10 years, 3 months ago
big Happy Birthday from me!!
I've been here a long time too..!
Sureball10 years, 3 months ago
happy anniversary, esato .....
davidsic10 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday Esato !
Davidsic from Belgium
NightBlade10 years, 3 months ago
goldenface10 years, 3 months ago
All the very, very best.
Marly10 years, 3 months ago
Wow, now we have two birthday-topics, I'll just quote myself from the other thread :

On 2011-08-09 03:08:03, Marly wrote:
Happy Birthday Esato!
Congratulations to laffen, the mods and all members around the world
hihihans10 years, 3 months ago
Happy anniversary Esato.
Thanks Laffen.
Guarulhos10 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday Esato !
A Big Hug From Brazil!
ceaser200810 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday to Esato.
This site has given me so much - a need wisdom, friends for life, supports. Truly this has been my home at internet. And a hide out of sony ericsson fans.
Thanks to laffen, moderators and fellow esatonians.
Long live Esato.
This pic was taken by our beloved Esatonian, Bonovox.
Visit forum to view images
[ This Message was edited by: ceaser2008 on 2011-08-10 05:18 ]
razec10 years, 3 months ago
This site may not look as pretty as the other new SE fansites and blogs but this one's got my heart, I joined esato 5 years ago but i've been hearing about this site 2 years prior during the shining days of P900/K700/S700 and still remember the first layout in the picture. i never thought a then 15 year old "me" would be a part of a very well known place for SE fans with the best bonding of members. Now it would sound as if I'm repeating my post on the other similar thread but i think using different words won't perfectly describe my joy of being an esatonian.
blackvodka10 years, 3 months ago
my congrats!!
haris_el10 years, 3 months ago
I can see under my name: Joined: Dec 16, 2002, and i am a proud member!
However i feel a bit sorry that last years the traffic in the forum has reduced as users are focusing on other staff, not Sony Ericsson phones..
DarkKrypt10 years, 3 months ago
congrats to a world wide forum about mobile phones and many more and everyday life.
happy birthday esato. and thank you laffen
MFire10 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday ESATO and many more years to come
Remember that today many people are glad you were "born".
[ This Message was edited by: MFire on 2011-08-10 10:25 ]
burmistrz10 years, 3 months ago
Happy anniversary Esato.
Hmm..., all those years
Thnx Laffen
brys18210 years, 3 months ago
Happy Anniversary Esato!!!
more power to laffen, moderators and to all members....
jalal10 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday Esato.
erickson81310 years, 3 months ago
wow! that long! i was in this community on ESATO since sonyericsson made their first colored phone t68. i always come here to compare which phones are good to buy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
mrjulius10 years, 3 months ago
Happy Bday!!! ESATO
mode10 years, 3 months ago
Congratulations and happy aniversary Esato! Glad to be part of this great community
reeflotz10 years, 3 months ago
Happy 10th anniversary Esato!
One of the fastest loading forums I have seen on the net. Efficient, simple and with a great community, just like what a forums should be!

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