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What was your first cell phone?

By Jos
Sep 11, 2015
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  1. Smartphones have come a long way in the past decade. Nowadays it’s hard to imagine going about an entire day without these always-connected devices, with access to countless apps and your entire digital life, but there was a time when simple, bulky phones with texting capabilities did the trick.

    In this Weekend Open Forum we want to take a stroll down memory lane as we ask our readers: What was your first cell phone ever and what are some of the favorite models you’ve owned in the pre-smartphone years?

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,423

    Actually, the largest mobile phones are made these days, in the form of tablets that support phone calls.
     
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  3. gooderguy

    gooderguy TS Rookie Posts: 66

    That's funny because my first cell phone was just like the one in the picture. An old Motorola brick phone I got in 1990. One thing I miss, it turned on from a power off state much faster than any new smart phone. Cost me over $1100. The first time I used a cell phone was in a government car I drove, I remember calling my wife on it as I was driving, it wasn't illegal back then, it was such a big deal to be able to make a phone call from a car.
     
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  4. mctommy

    mctommy TS Booster Posts: 190   +30

    1997. Nokia 6110 on pacbell wireless before the Cingular/AT&T days. I think the plan was like $30 for 100 minutes or something.
     
  5. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 304   +154

    Nokia 3120, original, not the 'classic', and it was with me for nine years, till 2014, when I bought current Samsung GT-i9506. It's a huge leap in usability for me, with GPS, maps and enterntaiment, but don't believe it to outlast Nokia ;-)
     
  6. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 225   +84

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  7. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 422   +48

    Motorola ,Siemens, Nokia 3330, Nokia 6110, Nokia 6310 and the list goes on to... Nexus 4.
     
  8. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,319   +709

    One of the Palm Treos I think. It was pretty nice - lots of apps, full keyboard..but the damn D-button was a ROUND METAL MARBLE and impossible to use. If not for that usability failing I would have stuck with it but I traded it in for a Nokia E62. This was an E61 that AT&T had ripped the 3G out of and introduced an overheating problem in the process. If you overtaxed it by tethering or the like it would reboot about every 10-20 minutes. Other than that I loved the thing. All day battery, incredible reception, built like a tank, it was Nokia's answer to Blackberry and actually used the Blackberry data service. Oh, and it had probably the finest implementation of Opera Mini ever.
     
  9. trgz

    trgz TS Booster Posts: 153   +23

    BT Jade aka NEC P100 in '93 - company issue. I had to put all my other gear (wallet, keys pager) in RH side of jacket to help offset the weight. I did borrow one of those bigger transportables once or twice (BT Topaz?) but thankfully I had to give it back!
     
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 843   +334

    Nokia 3410
     
  11. Versutus

    Versutus TS Rookie Posts: 18   +8

  12. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Booster Posts: 69   +20

    The Nokia 100 I have now!
     
  13. Myth1337

    Myth1337 TS Rookie Posts: 16   +6

    Nokia 5110 (Snake! xD)
     
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  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,034

    Motorola StarTAC 130. A 1998 job if I remember correctly.
     
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

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  16. Bhaskar Shetty

    Bhaskar Shetty TS Member

    Nokia 3310, the hard rock phone :D
     
  17. risc32

    risc32 TS Booster Posts: 195   +87

    I was using this Nokia here up until late last year. It was a good phone, great battery, very tough .
    . My first was a star-tac, mid to late 90s. It was small.
    . Anyone here remember when SNL ran that w.farell skit when he whipped out his ultra tiny cell phone and the others in that skit could barely keep it together?
     
  18. dexterkarthik

    dexterkarthik TS Member Posts: 21

    Sony Erricsson T100
     
  19. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,335

    My first cellphone was a Samsung SCH-u410. Replaced it in 2011 with an iPhone 4. When I brought it in for the upgrade, everyone in the store was fascinated by it. You'd think it was some type of artifact.
     
  20. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,660   +767

    It was the "brick". Great phone. I was using it one afternoon and a guy tried to rob me in broad daylight. He shocked me so bad that I hit him with it, knocked him completely out. I waved down a cop and thanks to the phone I had foiled a crook .... and the phone survived it all! I still have it around here somewhere ... just can't give away a friend like that!
     
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  21. jin monroe

    jin monroe TS Rookie

    Nokia 5800 xpress music.

    Replaced it with an S5 it was a seamless transition :p
     
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  22. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,335

    I'd be willing to bet that's the best reception he's ever had.
     
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  23. lumbeeman

    lumbeeman TS Rookie

    Tandy CT-350. Sometime in the early to mid 90s, I think.
     
  24. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,630   +431

    Nokia 5190.
    For a while I saved mobile users' number as an international number (+1 xxx xxx-xxxx) the text messages were free. Oh and the snake game was pretty cool.
     
  25. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 368   +320

    Samsung intensity II. After I graduated high school, I bought my first smartphone, the nexus 5, when it came out. Which I still own and use. Yet to find a suitable replacement or anything I cant do. I just replaced the battery, so its got at least 2 more years left in it.
     

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