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40 Years Of The Mobile Phone. What Was Your First?  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26933 posts, RR: 58
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7433 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."

http://news.sky.com/story/1073128/mo...40th-anniversary-of-the-first-call

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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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10695 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7401 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.

User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7366 times:

Nokia 5110, in 1998. I have been mobile for only 15 of the 40 years?? I feel so far off the pace. I have had 3 phone numbers in that time.

User currently offlinethunderboltdrgn From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 595 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7360 times:

My first was a Nokia 2010 after that I had a 3210, a Nokia N71 and now i'm using a HTC Desire.


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User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7359 times:

My first phone was in 2005. I came to the scene late. I believe it was a nokia E6210 and I might just still have it here in one of my boxes.

User currently offlinetz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2868 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7357 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.

How time flies.



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User currently onlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1609 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7359 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  

[Edited 2013-04-03 04:07:10]


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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2826 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7352 times:

An Eircell Motorola block in 2000. Yeah, shocking, considering texting was really lifting off with all my friends & it couldn´t even text!


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User currently offlineCaptCufflinks From UK - England, joined Dec 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7292 times:

Mine was an MN1:



I remember that the aerial could be unscrewed and replaced with one that contained an LED that flashed when the phone rang!

I too got on the phone bang wagon early having convinced the parents that I'd be so much safer with one than without..


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2820 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7272 times:

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 2):
Nokia 5110, in 1998

Me too, but a year later. I was a bit reluctant to have a mobile phone at the beginning, but when I got one, it quickly became essential.

Edit: typo.

[Edited 2013-04-03 09:02:03]


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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2784 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7256 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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User currently onlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7251 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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User currently onlinelarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7232 times:

I inherited one of my parents old phones so I could call home if anything happened on while delivering newspapers. I believe it was 2001 and I was 12 years.

It was a Ericsson A1018s

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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1331 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7224 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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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3061 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7195 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.



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7171 times:

NEC Talktime 800. It was for the whole family and was the only one we had until my sister got a Motorola StarTac in 2000 when she went off to college.

http://i.imgur.com/YrfTCbL.jpg


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8872 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7164 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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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7130 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.

Great phone and near bombproof.


User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7124 times:

My first was a Motorola bag phone in 1998 or '99, I don't remember for sure.

User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2654 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7091 times:

Was it only 40 years ago? 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.


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User currently offlinemdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7064 times:

The Qualcomm 2760 with Sprint was my first ever cell phone that I got in 2000 when I went to college. Such a difference from the Galaxy S3 I have now.




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User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2437 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7048 times:

Motorola StarTac in '98 or '99. Fabulous phone, all of my classmates were jealous.


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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7005 times:
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My newest phone with my first phone.... 20 plus years apart!


http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb309/NWA747/phone002_zps9eb21211.jpg

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.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39852 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7001 times:

My first mobile phone came as a Christmas gift in 2004.
We was late to the game.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26933 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6990 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.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/old%20phones/phone13_zps05b6ae0a.jpg

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.


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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.


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This was one of the first in the range of MMS picture messaging phones.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/old%20phones/phone9_zpsdef4d0c7.jpg


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This was my first phone when I moved to Ireland with a company called Eircell.


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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/old%20phones/phone11_zpse52ceebc.jpg


This was my second phone from Mercury One 2 One.



After the Samsung H1 I jumped to the iPhone 4 then 4S and now the iPhone 5 and I have to say Apple have been the best phones I have ever had.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7061 times:

Mine was an Alcatel One Touch Pocket.



User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7776 posts, RR: 16
Reply 26, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7034 times:

I was a late adopter as well. My first phone was in 2003, a Motorola V60.


My dad had a Motorola brick phone, the slim version back in around 94/95. Even by then I think it was already out of date, but it may have been one of the cheaper options.



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User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7047 times:

Motorola in 2000, don't remember the model though.

Quoting na (Reply 1):
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.

   Ditto.


User currently offlinenickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7011 times:
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In the late 1980s/early 1990s, my colleagues and I had access to a couple of the original Motorola "Brick" phones with the nylon carrying case with strap. These were the original radiotelephones but also had support for analog AMPS circuits. The company that we worked for at the time, provided them for business use.

A consultant that I used to work with actually continued use his original Motorola Brick phone until the day that the cell phone providers turned off the Analog AMPS services and went all Digital. His logic was, "Well, the older phones have 1-watt transceivers and my call/signal quality is a lot better than the newer phones, whose transceivers are limited to a couple/few hundred milliwatts". Ok, whatever.

Over the years, I've owned mostly SonyEricsson D-AMPS phones, a Uniden analog, a Motorola StarTAC, until the last one quit a few years ago (a Sony Z520a) and I bit the bullet and purchased an iPhone 3GS. Mainly because I got a 20% employee discount on the price thanks to my brother... (smile). I still use the 3GS -- it does what I need for it to do.

Back in the late 1990s (1997-1999), I worked on a network design project for a local cellular telephone company who shall go unnamed (they merged several times, the three-letter name now starts with an "A"...) -- anyway, my colleagues and I had to work at nights a lot, at the MTSOs (Mobile Telephone Switching Offices), since you can't really bring down or affect changes to the switches or the back-end accounting/call logging mainframes during the day, and while waiting for something to happen or just to kill time, we would go to one of the switches, select a random active channel and hit the "Audio Monitor". You can hear some very interesting conversations that way. Hey,we had to make sure that the equipment was working properly after we made any changes...(smile).

Oh and about the post regarding the early car phones -- back in the late 1970s (1977, I think it was) our neighbor used to own a Cadillac LandBarge (Eldorado, I think) that had a radiotelephone installed. The unit was identical to a black Bakelite desktop phone (rotary dial!) and plugged into the cigarette lighter jack. The trunk mounted antennae were two large flexible whips, similar to that of a CB Radio.

Interesting nostalgia.

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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 29, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6999 times:

Quoting nickh (Reply 28):
His logic was, "Well, the older phones have 1-watt transceivers and my call/signal quality is a lot better than the newer phones, whose transceivers are limited to a couple/few hundred milliwatts". Ok, whatever.


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[Edited 2013-04-04 19:01:38]

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 30, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6992 times:
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Ericsson GH198. Got it when prepaid cards first came out in Norway in 1998. Insanely expensive compared to today's prices  


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User currently offlinepwm2txlhopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1324 posts, RR: 1
Reply 31, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6986 times:

Don't remember exactly, but It was the end of 1998, and it was some kind of analogue phone. I think the brand name was NEC or something?

I do remember going to Scandinavia that year and being introduced to SMS TXT messaging. It was years ahead of the USA. I remember a few years later, around 2001, when TXT arrived in the USA. It was so cool, but it took another year or two before it became common over here. Wasn't worth Paying extra for because people either didnt have TXT capable phones or if they did, not many people knew how to use it or we're willing to pay extra for it. Plus, GSM hadn't come the USA yet, so you were limited to calling/TXTing US phones only.

Thought it was so cool though when I'd meet somebody from Asia or Austrailia in Europe and they could just whip out their phone and call or TXT thier friends back income thousands of miles away!


User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2437 posts, RR: 8
Reply 32, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6976 times:

Quoting pwm2txlhopper (Reply 31):
I remember a few years later, around 2001, when TXT arrived in the USA.

I used SMS in the US in '98 or '99 when I had my Motorola StarTac. It was available, except it wasn't popular at all. I think I had AT&T Wireless at that point. it cost $0.10 to send and $0.05 to receive. (I guess some people's plans cost $0.10 or more to receive...

People berated me later for sending them a text message cause of how expensive it was. Hey I thought it was really cool, I'm an early adopter. I was 12-13 at the time.



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2606 posts, RR: 5
Reply 33, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6922 times:
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Wow, the mobile phone is older than me!

I was a late starter to the mobile phone too. I didn't get one until long after almost everyone I knew had one. I bought my first phone in 2002, and now, I don't go anywhere without it. I can't imagine life without a mobile phone these days.

My first phone, which I bought in January 2002:


And my current (third) phone, which I bought in June 2009:


Long live the mobile phone!



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6088 posts, RR: 29
Reply 34, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6912 times:
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Quoting CXB77L (Reply 33):
I was a late starter to the mobile phone too

That seems to be a common theme on this thread and it surprises me. I would have assumed that more us were techie kind of folks and would have been early cellphone users.



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User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1904 posts, RR: 19
Reply 35, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6889 times:

The Nokia 5110



Got her in the summer of 2001 with Worldcomm Wireless, which later sold out to AT&T.


User currently offlinebwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 36, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6789 times:

The Sagem Coca Cola phone

Somewhere in 99 or 2000. You had to collect points from coke cans and bottles, and fork out, if I remember correctly, an additional €100, or 4.000 Belgian Francs to get it  



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User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 37, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6763 times:

Motorola Tele Tac 250 I think it was, I also had one Sagem like the one above, some time in 1999 lol

User currently offlineIFlyTWA From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6683 times:

SonyEricsson T-616>iPhone>iPhone4>iPhone5


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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1946 posts, RR: 32
Reply 39, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6606 times:

Also came very late to the game. Got it in 2006! I think it was a samsung slider phone.

And we got our first smartphones only yesterday...dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. It is pretty awesome, but I have to get used to the enormous size compared to the flip phones I've had and I am terrified that I (or more likely my wife based on past experience) will lose one or have it stolen...the reviews on the insurance plans are not very promising.



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User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 40, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6597 times:

Some sort of Tri-Mode Motorola flip phone from Bell Atlantic-NYNEX Mobile back in 2001.

User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13995 posts, RR: 62
Reply 41, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6595 times:

My first phone was a Philips Diga, same as the one in reply #6, in 1998. I only bought it because when I arrived in Ireland nobody would give me a contract for a landline phone, because the Irish phone company in Shannon had been cheated too often by foreign freelancer aircraft techs, who disappeared without paying their bills. The only phone I could get was a mobile with a prepaid contract.

Before I never felt a need for one and I was amused when I travelled through HKG (Kai Tak) back in 1993 how business people would show off with their mobile phones (there even existed services, who would call you at a certain pre-arranged time so that you could pull out your phone and pretend giving orders to your stockbroker).
Similarly, when mobile phones (the old analogue C-net bricks and car phones) started up in Germany after the collapse of East Germany ( in East Germany only few people had phones at home, so business people starting there back then had to use the old pre-GSM analogue services), there were fake car phones for sale.

Jan


User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 42, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6597 times:

A Nokia 5110 back in 2002  

User currently onlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2389 posts, RR: 13
Reply 43, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6579 times:

Now, I use a Nokia 1600. It's actually the second (and fourth) mobile phone I've ever owned.

My first one was from Siemens - brown, with an oval display. It could not send SMS. But then, my third one was the Nokia 6230. Then I upgraded to the mighty 1600. 


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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 209 posts, RR: 1
Reply 44, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 6520 times:

My first mobile phone was a Nokia 3410, it had everything you needed, not like today.

Today I own a Nokia N8 and its enough for me.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 45, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 6514 times:

Not really a phone, but serving a similar purpose:
http://www.rigpix.com/icom/ic02e.htm
(Early 1980s - can't be bothered to look up when exactly I'd purchased it.)

The iPhone 3GS was the first regular mobile phone I found worthwile for me.


User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 46, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6503 times:

Never owned one and in fact have never used one. But that will most likely change in the near term.


Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 606 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6485 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 46):

Never owned one and in fact have never used one. But that will most likely change in the near term.

Amazing! How on earth did you manage that?
I am in the same age group as you and I had my first (a Nokia clone by Bosch with a credit card sized SIM card) for the last half-life of the mobile phone. I don't use that and the following dozen models that I owned much but I know I can't go by without that damned device.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 48, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6484 times:

Quoting neutrino (Reply 47):
Amazing! How on earth did you manage that?

A) I don't feel an urgent need to be in instant communication with the rest of the planet;
B) I don't want them bothering me continually.

Now, since I've retired I've started to do a little consulting, so this situation will change - clients will want to reach me. Also, pay phones are starting to disappear.



Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently onlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1609 posts, RR: 7
Reply 49, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6470 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 46):

Never owned one and in fact have never used one. But that will most likely change in the near term.

Never owned I can almost understand, but never used one, that's.....that's impressive!

You were never handed a mobile phone?!



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 50, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6456 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 49):
You were never handed a mobile phone?!

Nope. To tell the truth, I don't actually know how to operate one. But I can assess nuclear reactors.

From what I understand of the market -- which is always shifting -- it will likely be a Samsung Galaxy. The package I sign up for will be dependent on internet & TV access, and probably no land line if I can work it out. But all this after I move back to Winnipeg (Go Jets !).



Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3564 posts, RR: 3
Reply 51, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6442 times:

In 1993 I bought a business and the phone came with it. A three year old Motorola transportable. Wish I'd kept it as an heirloom. Not exactly sure of the model but it looked like this


Battery life of about 8 hours, talk time in minutes. Its great advantage was its ability to work almost everywhere


User currently offlinesoftrally From Canada, joined Mar 2012, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 52, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6409 times:

My first phone was in 2007, when I was 10 IIRC. My parents wanted me to carry it around for safety. It was the Samsung V840, which was really cheap even without a contract. It broke a little less than a year later, and I ended up getting another Samsung phone, which served me well for a little over a year and a half, until one day when it just suddenly didn't turn on. I bought a SKY (Pantech) IM-U510S after that on February 28th, 2010. I remember the date, as my dad crashed his car on the highway that night (Thankfully, he was uninjured, although the car was totaled.). That phone served me for two years, and when I came to Canada in February 2012, I got a Blackberry 9300 used. I used it until September, and then sold it on eBay for more than the price I paid for it. Currently, I use a Samsung Galaxy S III. It's amazing how much phones have evolved over the years.


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User currently onlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2038 posts, RR: 4
Reply 53, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6405 times:

Started with a Motorola Jazz (the phone, not the pager) around 1998/99. I was worried about mobile phones at first as I thought that future Mother-in-Law would try to use them as another form of control over our lives. What I liked was travelling and still be able to apply for jobs in transit (while I typed the details down on a Cassiopeia A10 HPC). The Jazz was replaced by a Motorola E360, then a hand-me-down Nokia (can't remember the type).

I wanted a smartphone long before they existed and like the convergence of phone, mobile internet, music player and camera. In 2006 I got a Motorola V3x, which, though not a smart phone, had those convergence features. When I lost this phone it was replaced with a Sony Ericsson W705, which would have been near perfect if only there was some keyboard attachment.

First real smartphone was an HTC Desire (had issues), replaced now by a Sony Xperia S, which I love apart from the self inflicted scratch. Also got an Acer LM as a backup phone, but mainly as an Android media player for my son.

Edited to fix sentence

[Edited 2013-04-09 20:14:47]


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2387 posts, RR: 21
Reply 54, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6386 times:

A Nokia 3210. I still like the design of the phone.

User currently offlinehelyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 916 posts, RR: 1
Reply 55, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6331 times:

In 1995 I was a very lucky winner of a white (!) Nokia 2110, it was some "Finnish design" lottery. I was a student that time and didn't have any use for a fancy phone so I sold it and bought a trip to Prague...

Still looks good I think.



[Edited 2013-04-10 15:54:27]

User currently offlineprebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6429 posts, RR: 54
Reply 56, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6310 times:

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
On April 3, 1973, Motorola employee Martin Cooper made the first ever call on a mobile phone in New York to competitor AT&T...

That may be correct, but it was certainly not the first mobile phone call in the world.

Early mobile phones were car based due to weight and size. Only later did they gradually evolve into truly hand-portable units, even if they initially were still 10 or 20 lbs units.

This link http://www.stornotime.dk/2artikler-1949.pdf shows newspaper articles from 1949 telling about tests by Store Nordiske Telegraph Company (Storno) in Copenhagen. And there are some nice photos as well. That system was introduced by the Copenhagen Phone Company in 1951. You didn't dial a phone number. It was operated by a manual switchboard operator. But you could call, and be called by, any phone number in the world. Unlike radio communication for taxis, police, fire trucks etc. of that era it was full duplex two way communication like ordinary fixed line phones.

The unit cost roughly DKK 20,000 or roughly the same as a luxury car or two or three ordinary family cars. The early unit was called "The Oven" because it had basically the shape of a baking oven and produced roughly the same amount of heat.

Within ten years the system had been expanded to cover most of the country with a few thousand subscribers, at least the major cities with a 30 miles radius.

A major improvement came in 1963 with the "Stornophone V type CQM19-25-OFF8" with 8 channels meaning that 8 subscribers could talk simultaneously within the same cell, double of the previous "Oven". A cell had a roughly 30 miles radius. In 1966 expanded to 12 channels. In 1968 the Copenhagen phone Company had to temporarily deny new subscribers due to too heavy load on the system in the capital city area.

In 1969 a parallel System B was introduced, greatly expanding capacity nationwide. A system C was temporarily introduced in the Copenhagen area until System D in 1975 was introduced as a common Scandinavian system where the same phones worked in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

40 years anniversary in New York. But 62 years in Copenhagen.

In January 1981 the NMT system was introduced simultaneously in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland as the world's first fully automatic digitally switched mobile phone system, still with analogue voice transfer. It was later exported to several neighbor countries, until ten years later it was replaced by the all digital GSM system.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlinesteman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1381 posts, RR: 7
Reply 57, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6226 times:

I entered the cell phone era relatively late, in 2000.
My first set was a Philips Genie Sport, made of cheap yellow plastic.
I had it for only a month, then I started working at Ericsson and I had access to heavily discounted models from that Company. My first Ericsson was a T28i, a very nice piece of hardware, still looking good after 13 years (I still have it but the battery is long dead).
I went on having several Ericsson models, like the T65, which was the first cell phone with a built in unremovable battery, then a T610, before moving to my only Nokia model, a 6280 which was also my first UMTS phone.
Back then Nokia was the dominating brand in my Country. Almost everyone had a Nokia. But I never liked them.
I replaced it less than two years later for another Ericsson, actually a SonyEricsson Walkman (don´t remember the model but I still have it and it´s still being used by my partner as a work phone) before moving to the Smartphones generation in 2010 with a used iPhone3G, then iPhone4 in 2011 and since a couple of days I have abandoned Apple (only as far as phones are concerned) for a brand new HTC ONE.
Comparing the HTC ONE with the Philips Genie makes me aware of the huge progress done in this field in such a short time.
I wonder what will we have in 10 years from now if the same pace is maintained!

Ciao
Stefano


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 58, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5958 times:

Quoting neutrino (Reply 47):
Quoting connies4ever (Reply 46):

Never owned one and in fact have never used one. But that will most likely change in the near term.

Amazing! How on earth did you manage that?
I am in the same age group as you and I had my first (a Nokia clone by Bosch with a credit card sized SIM card) for the last half-life of the mobile phone. I don't use that and the following dozen models that I owned much but I know I can't go by without that damned device.

I'm also in the same age group. I resisted getting a mobile phone as long as possible but finally gave in 6 or 7 years ago. But I have no interest in using a phone for anything other than phoning, and then basically only for emergency use, so I still have my original Motorola "Rizr" which works fine and does everything I need. I don't understand people who see a need to replace their phone every few months. My strategy for almost everything (and it's saved me a lot of money over the years) is to use something until it breaks and is no longer worth repairing. Same with cars. I'm now on my 4th car in 44 years.

This is my current phone (when open). You only need to slide it open to access the keyboard so as long as your numbers are stored you can do everything with it closed. It's also more compact than many current phones. I find it ironic that the newer phones are often much larger than those of several years ago.



User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6417 posts, RR: 38
Reply 59, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

Nokia 5110, Nokia 6310, Nokia 6300, Nokia E63, Motorola Defy mini and now the iPhone 4S.


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
Reply 60, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 5897 times:
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I got the Ericsson GA628 when I was about 12. Back then text messages cost fl. 0.50 (guilden cents). Of course back then I couldn't afford more then 10 gulden prepaid a month, so after 20 messages that was it, go figure! I have quite fond memories of that phone and I regret throwing it away.




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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12443 posts, RR: 25
Reply 61, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 16):
I cannot remember the year, it was about 25 years ago. A Motorola bag phone, lousy spotty service then, short battery life.
Quoting TLG (Reply 18):
My first was a Motorola bag phone in 1998 or '99, I don't remember for sure.

Ahh, the joys of:



My former wife and MIL decided having such was essential for communication, bought them, and as I predicted they were next to useless. They might get a call to connect but surely couldn't keep one going for as long as they wanted to yack.



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 62, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5840 times:

Nokia 5110 was my first, believe I got it at the age of 15 in 2000. I did however misplace it and pestered my mother for another and started using an Ericsson T20s in 2001. Switched to a Sagem MY X-6 in 2004 and then to a Sony Ericsson Z610 in 2007.

Currently using a Samsung Galaxy SII, which is a couple of years old by now, but with the Jelly Bean update and the new battery I just bought (after the old one actually started growing) I feel I have at least another, maybe two, years left in it.

Cheers
Mats



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