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40 Years Of The Mobile Phone. What Was Your First?

Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:32 am

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:59 am

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.
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:36 am

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.
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:58 am

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:01 am

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.
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:05 am

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.

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:05 am

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  

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:10 am

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:56 pm

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..
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:36 pm

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.

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:00 pm

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:06 pm

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:24 pm

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:47 pm

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:09 pm

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:55 pm

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.

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:19 pm

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:41 pm

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.
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:59 pm

My first was a Motorola bag phone in 1998 or '99, I don't remember for sure.
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:00 am

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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Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:33 am

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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Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:04 am

Motorola StarTac in '98 or '99. Fabulous phone, all of my classmates were jealous.
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:34 pm

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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Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:46 pm

My first mobile phone came as a Christmas gift in 2004.
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:27 pm

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.
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:44 pm

Mine was an Alcatel One Touch Pocket.

 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:37 pm

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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Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:33 pm

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.

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Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:24 am

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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Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:00 am

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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Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:22 am

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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Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:31 am

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!
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:56 am

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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Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:21 pm

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:


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Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:49 pm

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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Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:18 pm

The Nokia 5110



Got her in the summer of 2001 with Worldcomm Wireless, which later sold out to AT&T.
 
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:47 pm

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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Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:12 pm

Motorola Tele Tac 250 I think it was, I also had one Sagem like the one above, some time in 1999 lol
 
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Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:47 am

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Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:13 pm

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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Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:35 pm

Some sort of Tri-Mode Motorola flip phone from Bell Atlantic-NYNEX Mobile back in 2001.
 
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Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:45 pm

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.

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Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:58 pm

A Nokia 5110 back in 2002  
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Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:46 pm

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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Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:08 am

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.
 
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Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:18 am

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.)

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Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:20 pm

Never owned one and in fact have never used one. But that will most likely change in the near term.
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Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:08 pm

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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Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:19 pm

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.
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RE: 40 Years Of The Mobile Phone. What Was Your First?

Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:18 pm

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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