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What was your first mobile phone and what year?

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  1. Telekom

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    What was the first mobile phone/cell phone that you had and what was the date that you got it?

    Mine was a Nokia 5190 (with a blue "Xpress" cover) and I got it on June 10, 2000.)
     
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    My first cell phone was the Nokia 6120 (TDMA) on Cellular One back in late 1999.

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    It was a black TDMA Motorola StarTac on CellularONE. I bought it the summer of 2000.
     
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    My first cell phone that I used for a while was a rented Moto MicroTAC simular to the one below back in 2000, :)

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    Telekom stole my thunder. Nokia 5190 on Voicestream in 2001. Had 60 anytime minutes, and 500 weekend minutes, no night minutes. SMS was 5 cents each.
     
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    My sister had one of those. She used to brag about her "nationwide no roaming" until we took a trip once. We got 30 miles from her home and she went to NO SERVICE for the duration of the trip. About 80 miles from her house, my phone switched to ROAMING, but at least I could still make a call. :)
     
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    I loved how back in the day, cheaper plans would advertise "NO ROAMING FEES!" when in reality it just meant "this phone will not roam, you will just have no service."
     
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  8. M in LA

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    My first phone was a Nokia I've never been able to figure out which model it was. It was an analog phone carried by PacTel Cellular/AirTouch back in Spring 1994. It might have been the Nokia 1000 series of the early '90s.

    I started with the company just as PacTel Cellular was spun of from the Pacific Telesis mother ship and renamed AirTouch Cellular. Ironically Pacific Telesis would reenter the cell market again with PacBell PCS, which was one of the forerunners of Cingular Wireless.

    Been with the company ever since, as AirTouch was one of the component companies that merged with others to form Verizon. I believe the Vodafone shares of Verizon came from AirTouch.

    How many of you remember "Follow-Me-Roaming" and the code you had to dial to access service outside of your home market? IIRC, my original plan was $20 to 25$ and included just 30 minutes of anytime calling.

    Can't believe I've had cell service for 17 years already... Doesn't seem like that long ago.
     
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  9. viewfly

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    The year was 1995 I believe, and it was an NEC P100 AMPS (analog) phone.

    It was 2 1/4 inches wide by 7.2 inches tall ( not including the antenna). This photo shows it with the stubby...but it came with a full antenna too...about 7 inches in length, the same as the phone.

    Big Bertha Brick.

    Before that was my 2 meter, Ham radio handheld with a kepad...circa 1980.

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    In My first *real* cell phone was the Nokia 5165, on Ameritech with a $24.99, 250 min regional calling plan. Two year contract starting August 2001.

    Prior to that I had some Motorola analog for 10.00 a month with 15 mins free. I used it once when the roads were closed due to a blizzard. It was on SBC which combined with Ameritech.

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    Interesting also what happened in Washington state. Originally the 'B' carrier was the local ILEC's and it was USWest Cellular which eventually became AirTouch which became VeriZon. USWest at some point decided to re-enter the wireless game and came out with USWest PCS (CDMA). USWest/Qwest PCS eventually tanked and at one point was getting connectivity through Sprint and now gets connectivity through Verizon. Qwest evidently never got the knack
    of running a wireless unit.

    Then again, there's no wireless unit that hasn't changed ownership or name at least once if not twice or more over the last 15 years what with Cellular One/McCaw/AT&T/Cingular/AT&T (multiple name changes), and Aerial/Omnipoint/Powertel/VoiceStream/T-Mobile. USWest/PacBell/Airtouch/Verizon. Then there's the merger of Nextel with Sprint PCS to become Nextel-Sprint.
     
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    My first cell phone ever was the Motorola V2282 on Powertel back on 2000.. I loved that hard red cover and hated those soft rubber covers that came with the phone. I eventually moved to the Nokia 5190 so I can get ringtones :)

    My contract phone was with SprintPCS with the Samsung N240.
     

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    Nokia 2120, 1996.
     
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    The year was 1986. It was an NEC, do not know the model#. Precursor to the bag phones. Must have weighted 12 -14 pounds, most of which was battery. Had about an 8" antenna and had a handle to carry it. Used to put it the basket of a golf cart and it filled half of the basket.
     
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    Make that one ringtone :) The Nokia 5190 was only capable of one added ringtone. Still it was one of the first that you could use your own.
     
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    The year was 1993, a Motorola StarTac with Cellular One.

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    Me, too. Mine was on Cingular.
    I'm not sure of the year...:headscrat things didn't change as quickly as they do now.
     
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    Ericsson 888, got it from my employer when I started working as a "Cellular Network Engineer" in 1999. Never used a cellphone before that :D

    This one was made back in the days when phones were built to last, incredibly solid :thumb:

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    My first cell phone was the good ol' Nokia 5190 on VoiceStream Wireless (now T-Mobile). I got it in like '99 or '00. I loved that phone. I had it all decked out with a custom antenna, battery, circuit board with all those things lighting up various colors. It was badass. Lol
     
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    Got this bad boy in 1999.

    In 2000 I "upgraded" to this little guy with US Cellular

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    That Qualcomm phone above (QCP-2700?) was never available here in So. Cal because it was dual band. Sprint did not offer dual band phones for sale in markets where they didn't have roaming agreements. But in 2000 Sprint finally had a roaming deal with Airtouch/Verizon here and began selling dual bands. But our first one was the Qualcomm 2760 which was the newer version of that one above.
     
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    Yeah, I think I got it in a mall in Texas just after I graduated from college, if my memory is correct.
     
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    I had a Verizon branded phone very similar to the Sprint one above. It was also in 1999. I know it was made by Qualcomm, but I don't know the model #
     
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    My first phone was in Jan 2000, with Cellular One (pre-Cingular). It was an Ericsson E618 (solid, heavy little phone). It was TDMA/AMPS, but didn't have the 1900 Mhz band. I originally signed up with them for the free phone. Bell Atlantic Mobile (pre-Verizon) wasn't offering free phones that month, so I passed on them. It was just as well, for me. I have found the Cingular network to have been a bit better than Verizon's, in my neck of the woods.
     
  25. SteveW

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    I don't remember the model of my first cell phone, but it was one of the cheaper ones offered by Omnipoint/VoiceStream (now part of T-Mobile) in 1998 or '99. I remember that it had the Omnipoint parrot logo on it! My second cell phone was the Ericsson R280LX on (the old) AT&T in the summer of 2000. That phone was distinguished by being the first (at least on AT&T) to have a Web browser (text only, of course).


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    1982. - Not a typo. Nineteen-Eighty-Two.
    I was a beta tester back then.... - which meant essentially, I got to be one of the folks to help generate traffic on the "network" so the engineers could fiddle with the emerging technology. Think of it as 0.5G :) The "network" was down a lot!

    A big, ugly General Electric / Northern Telecom phone.
    This would have been right around the time IMTS & Secode SMART phones were on their way out of favor. (Motorola Pulsars, Radio Common Carriers, DIT-1 and DIT-2, etc...)

    The size of a heavy briefcase, the transceiver pack had to go in the trunk.
    The handset was a pretty cool looking black & grey squarish thing.
    I tried to find a pic on Google, but came up empty-handed.
    If I recall correctly, the same basic handset design was used in some of GE's upscale Land-Mobile 2-way products.

    Back then, 3 cell sites could cover roughly 800 square miles.
     
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    This was my 3rd cell phone and one of my all time favorites. Very rugged. Also around 1998-9 It was one of the most popular phones back then, and the one to have. Was on Cingular (or maybe it was still called SNET in CT)
     
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    My first cell phone was a Nokia 3590 GoPhone on ATTWS - I got it in November 2003.

    Nokia 3590

    Mine was blue - looked much better in blue. lol. I had a car phone in the late 80's/early 90's, but never used it much and ultimately had to disconnect it as it kept running the car battery down.
     
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    My first phone was a used Motorola Classic, on GTE Wireless in March, 1997.

    COtech
     

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    My first was a Motorola StarTac 3000 with Verizon. 1998? I believe it was late in 1998, or early in 1999. Radio Shack is where I signed up and got the phone. That was quite a day, walked out with a Startac, cost me nothing. I am still with Verizon today. Let me sweeten this by telling you all that my first phones were: The Startac 3000, then Timeport, StarTac 7868w, V60i. Been a ton since. Today I am using a DroidX, and the old Startac 7868w. Still works fine. I enjoy using it still. Fortunate I found it in storage. I still have the Timeport, I will find it too sometime.
     

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