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

By Shawn Knight ยท 71 replies
Feb 8, 2013
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  1. kamisama

    kamisama TS Rookie

    I'm 37 and got my first one at age 22, a nokia 5110 iirc, maybe a slightly earlier version can't remember.
  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,320   +1,412

    I was 18, 2 months from graduating. Not that I really cared. I noticed all my friends' parents calling them while we were off getting in trouble. Inconvenient, but it certainly had its advantages
  3. rocklerpark

    rocklerpark TS Rookie

    I'm 29, my first one was a Motorola microtac lite 2, when I was 16 indica 1999. My best friend had a Motorola startac at the same time in high school. My second was a Nokia 6120, great times!
  4. baN893

    baN893 TS Enthusiast Posts: 83   +10

    I was 10 in 2000, I got a Nokia 3330
  5. In 1990, when I was 21.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I was in my 30's in the 90's and I was one of the first 3000 people in South Africa to own a cell phone due to my position in the IT industry. It was a Motorola 5200 with a (read heavy) extended battery. I thought I was the bees knees.
  7. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    I got mine when I was 17, it was a sony-ericsson S302. It's kept in front of me on the table right now! Until then I used to play around with an old nokia.
  8. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    I used my first phone, the Nokia 3310 when I was 6. Look at me now. :p
  9. Zeutrinox

    Zeutrinox TS Rookie Posts: 32

    8, Motorola.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,011   +2,536

    Does that mean you are are, or aren't, prettier than your avatar....? :confused:

    OK, you know you have to link us a picture of one of those! Cause I'm getting mental images of Austin Powers with a separate hand set walkie talkie type affair like you see in WWII movies.
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  11. Hassan Al Rawi

    Hassan Al Rawi TS Rookie

    Got mine when I was 18 years old , it was nokia 3310
  12. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I got my first one at age 13, a Sony Ericsson J230i. Almost regretted having it; the only calls I got were from my parents trying to find out where I was.
  13. Around 11 years ago when I was 18 or 19.
    A Nokia 3350.
  14. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +27

    They don't allow me a 'phone in my cell.
  15. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Go for the retro nokia model with that snake game
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  16. Buster Keaton

    Buster Keaton TS Rookie Posts: 19

    OK all you "kids". My first cell phone was one I had put in my car. It consisted of a handset wired to a cradle that mounted on the transmission tunnel. The cradle had a huge bundle of wiring that had to then be snaked under the carpet, under the carpet trim by the door, all the way back into the trunk. That wiring harness led to a large finned box that had to be mounted on the trunk floor. Then, the antenna was mounted on the back window. Finally, in those days, if you got reception for more than a block at a time, you were lucky.
  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I got my own first cell phone when I was 29. My wife, who was then my girlfriend, had one when I was 23. I was still using pagers back then.
  18. Am 53 and my first phone was a motorola T191 in 2002. Very cool then
  19. Ronald Yates

    Ronald Yates TS Rookie

    13, It was a Christmas present. Had no color, it was that famous green background, with black blocky text. Lasted forever though! Other's had color screens, this was a free phone, but unlike kids today, I was just happy to have a cell phone.. Now 10 year olds have iphones.. My younger brothers (8 years younger) got phones before they were 13, but they were regular phones.. nothing fancy.
  20. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    I'm still using my first cell phone, Sony Ericsson w300i, which I got for 5~6 years now.
  21. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I think the Nokia 5110 was the second phone I had when I was 17. I got my first phone at 16 (joys of working for a family business!) and found it to be near on indestructible, A car accident about a week after passing my test in July 1999 finally ended its life.

    I don't for the life of me remember the model number of the Nokia phone in question but I do recall it having a flexible pull-up aerial you extended from the stubby housing (kinda like the Nokia 5110 but with a pull-up extension) to help with signal, and the corners were very squarish. No idea on model number or any other features as it spent its life in a leather case.
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I never had one, but my parents did when I was in high school.
  23. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    Think I was 14 and it was a Motorola brick. Weighed about 2kg, enabled 3 lines of text, each consisting of 12 characters and if you didn't like someone you could leave a message on the screen and lob it through their window.
  24. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    Was about 45, a Sony Erricson, and I still have it and it still works.
  25. Nokia 1011 year 1998 my first was 2de hand

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