Weekend Open Forum: At what age did you get your first cell phone?

By Shawn Knight · 71 replies
Feb 8, 2013
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  1. I grew up in a time when landlines were the primary means of voice communication. Sure there were cell phones in the early ‘90s but they were typically reserved for business executives and the wealthy. The pager (or beeper) was...

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  2. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 812   +371

    I am a bit older (38) so I didn't get mine till I was 23 I think, pretty sure. A nokia.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +286

    I believe around the age of 12-13 and it was barely used. My parents have paid £80 or so for that junky motorala and I should of just got the Nokia 3310 even as older as it might of been it is simply bombproof. This was around 2006-2007 time.

    Edit: Was not able to post from the news page but only through the forum. If the same is happening to you guys just go HERE
  4. My 1st one was when I was about 21/22 yrs old and that was only because I needed it for work.
  5. Im 29 and I had it at 18.
  6. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    I got my first cellphone 8 years ago to the day almost. It was my 16th birthday present. I don't recall the exact model but it was a cheap flip phone. Interestingly enough, it took way more abuse than my iPhones have and it kept on ticking unlike my iPhones. As a stupid teenager I put that phone through the wringer. By the time I finally retired it, it was 50% duct tape and electrical tape...
  7. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    1996 I was 26 and in the military. One of the first Nokia digital phones with Bellsouth mobility(AT&T now) it weighed as much as a brick literally and I still have it saved to show people, it was cool at the time none of my friends had one.
  8. 22yrs old I think, Nokia 5110, around USD 190. Made in Finland not somewhere else. Yes it can destroy bricks!
  9. I am 28 and I got mine when I was 16. I hated it and my parents used it to call and find out where I was anytime I was away from the house. This might explain why I still don't have a smartphone.
  10. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I had mine given by my employer (for both work related and private use) and it was in 1994 a Motorola StarTac http://goo.gl/8DKPN
  11. hanlonconnor

    hanlonconnor TS Rookie

    I am 24 and got mine when I was 18. My brother got his at 14 and I'm curious to see when my parents cave for my kid sister now. I'm guessing 13.
  12. I'm 27 now, got my first one when I was 18 when I moved into my university.
  13. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    About 14 if I remember. It was an Alcatel...something.

    My next phone was a Nokia 3210 which was the phone everybody wanted back then in school. I loved that phone.
  14. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    I was 17, some samsung flip phone.
  15. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    Wasn't that long ago - ten years ago maybe which would put be me at 45. Not a big cell phone user. I've always had the most basic, pay-as-you-go style phone.
  16. I'm going to be 23 soon. Got mine when I was 18 because I needed a way to keep track of time. (all my watches kept dyeing)
  17. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    Mine was when I was 13, and it was a barely used.

    I got my first "proper" phone when I was 14, just last year.
  18. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    First cell, must of been 15, barely used it, was paid by parents so that I would call them to let them know I wasn't coming home. I didn't really need a Cell phone until after high school however.
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I'm 32, got my first just before I turned 21. It was a motorola one with the push to talk feature, nextel provider? It was actually on my parents plan...
  20. R3DP3NGUIN

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 152   +10

    I got my first when I was 10. Nokia 6210 from memory.
  21. 16, IT was that exact Nokia in the picture. Battery didn't even last 6 hours on standby. Snake was awesome then.
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  22. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    18 years old for me, then high school never let us bring in it so it was mostly a waste till college.
  23. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    14 If my memory serves me right.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,527

    Uh, I'm sixty four, and I still refuse to own one......:mad:

    Am I still allowed to post to this thread...?:confused:
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