OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26022 posts, RR: 58 Posted (8 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4241 times:
Mobile Phone: 40th Anniversary Of The First Call
The world is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the invention of the mobile phone.
On April 3, 1973, Motorola employee Martin Cooper made the first ever call on a mobile phone in New York to competitor AT&T, reportedly saying: "I'm ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end."
So its changed our lives and the things we can do on our devices have come along way since just being able to make a bad quality call. I remember my first phone. I was 18 and signed at contract with a company called Mercury One 2 One. Calls were 50p a minute and the phone was like a brick and heavy.
So what was your first mobile/cell phone?
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na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10046 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (8 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4209 times:
I came to mobile phones very late. While using a huge Blaupunkt box around 1990 on business travel now and then, my first private mobile phone dates from 1998. it was a Nokia, and all my following ones were Nokia. I´m not very much interested in mobile phones. Even now I could think about living without it, and I dont use it every day. From the two big technical revolutions which became common possession during the 90s the internet is far more important and indispensable to me.
tz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2850 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4165 times:
My first phone, the Motorola v120. The only way I could remember the model was the fact that it looked like a giant peanut. Subsequent phones after that one, just weren't as solid at this one. I remember dropping it 3 stories and still worked like a charm after. Now I'm at the Droid Razr.
travelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1506 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4167 times:
The year was 1997, I was 16 and excited as hell. Because me and 4 friends had convinced all our parents of the advantages of a mobile phone ("we can always call you if something bad happens!") and succesfully pitched a special by BCC (an electronics store) where you got a free phone with quite a cheap contract. So we went there, 5 friends and 10 parents, and we all got the same phone.
The phone was;
A Philips Diga (actually it was the Bosch clone).
When we came home I devored the manual, got totally giddy when sending my first 70 character max text and my mobile life begun. Aaahh, those were the days, the days where 2 character lines of extremely low-res LCD was completely awesome
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2437 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4064 times:
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My first was a Samsung. For the life of me I can't remember the model. It was the standard black and white screen. It had AIM on it, which as a 4th grader I thought was the coolest thing ever. My dad didn't agree when he got the bill after the first month . Now I look at my iPhone and I'm just amazed I ever thought that was top of the line. Things have certainly changed in the last 10 years..
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Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 1962 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4059 times:
I think it was a Motorola C250 or similar, back in 2003. I was really late with getting a mobile phone, and my friends literally had to force me to get one. Until today I'm not a great mobile phone user (I often miss calls etc.) Mobile internet, on the other hand, always had my interest, and I got my first smartphone when the first serious iPhone competitor came out.
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B777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1142 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4032 times:
Mine was a Philips using the NMT900 system, none of that new fangled GSM stuff. The reception was horrible, but even so the sound quality was even worse and every second word was cut off. Made for interesting conversations, but to be honest I carried the phone only to look flash; it was for all intents and purposes useless. The year was 1989 and text messaging hadn't even been brought to market yet.
In 1993 I got my first GSM, an Ericsson 17something which came with two batteries and a docking station. Clever, you think, but actually it wasn't. The docking station was only there to charge the spare battery, it holding power for around 12 hours, but only if you were careful. Plugging a cable in the rear of the phone to charge it was still a few years off, and everything was limited to 180 characters.
Since then I must have owned more than 20 phones, must of them temperamental pieces of uselessness, with one or two notable exceptions. Been early on the mobile phone bandwagon, perhaps that's the reason my first smartphone is the iPhone 5 presently living in my pocket, and also why you'd be hard pressed to convince me there will ever be a better phone than the Nokia 2210 Injection.
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PSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3033 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4003 times:
I'll put this way.
I was in retail with the Shack when the cellular market was in it's infancy with three type format of phones.Mobile,Trans-mobile and trans-portable.All were analog phones,as digital wasn't introduced until many years later.Trans-mobile was only operated from auto's cigarette lighter.Trans-portable was battery operated and both "Trans" products were more powerful then the mobile.All three weighted a ton!But of course the mobile product won out for its compact size.All retailed a low reasonable price from $1500-3000.At that time Motorola was the main provider of cellular phones with the CT-300 mobile.Pac-Tel was the main provider of cellular service in SoCal.
My first was with Sprint's service on Sanyo 8100 which I believe is one of the first camera phone made in the US.
WarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7624 posts, RR: 10 Reply 16, posted (8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3972 times:
I cannot remember the year, it was about 25 years ago. A Motorola bag phone, lousy spotty service then, short battery life. I worked a special deal with my Boss, he paid for the phone on the Qt. I had voice communications with him from remote unpowered new locations. We had pagers at the time, just a buzzer type. The deal worked well in case of the need to move on short notice, which happened frequently. I also remember the to do about the cost of the Governor's car phone per month way back. I believe it was about 200 dollars a month then for his state car. Rented equipment probably.
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ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3938 times:
Nokia 3310 in 2003 I believe. I was 11 years old I had just started secondary school and my dad deemed it a need after I ended up getting the wrong bus home from school, ended up being over an hour late home and he couldn't get in contact with me.
falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5877 posts, RR: 28 Reply 22, posted (8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3812 times:
My newest phone with my first phone.... 20 plus years apart!
Quoting Airstud (Reply 19): ? I watch a lot of Perry Mason reruns from the mid-1960's and you sometimes see Paul Drake talking on a mobile phone in his convertible
Those were different, they used a radio like device of some sort. The servoce manual for my 72 Cadillac had a section about the removal and instalation of the mobile phone. The car is long gone, but I still have the manual. If I was at work I would scan it and put it in this thread. A friend of mine's dad had a phone like that in his 1978 Chevy Blazer. It looked like a big desk phone. I used it a couple of times and I thought I was a big wheel, talking on the phone, while riding in a truck!
Quoting PSA53 (Reply 14): .All retailed a low reasonable price from $1500-3000
I remember going into Radio Shack stores and seeing that stuff and thinking how cool it was.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26022 posts, RR: 58 Reply 24, posted (8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3798 times:
I was just looking through old phone makes and here are some of the ones I have had over the years. I know quite alot but I used to change them 2-3 times a year.
IIRC this was my first one. It had a battery that pulled out of the back and then a charger it fitted into that was like a brick.
This was the offering from 3 Mobile UK when they introduce video calling. This was fun at the time being able to conference call between mobiles.
This was the Samsung H1 / Vodafone. It was a very poor attempt to get into the smartphone market coupled with disaster software insisted upon by Vodafone. There were so many issues with it that it became a joke even amongst staff.
This was one of the first in the range of MMS picture messaging phones.
This was my first phone when I moved to Ireland with a company called Eircell.