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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. Mikey mike

    Mikey mike TS Rookie

    I think I was quite young when I got mine. Must have been about 14. It was that big huge Motorola thing. Actually I think it was one of the first popular commercial phones. I had one of those silly pager things before. Didn't really know how to use it, just thought it looked cool. By the way please check out my new blog techtimemachine.blogspot.co.uk
  2. First work phone was given to me by my employer in approximately 1994. It was a bag phone and the service provider was Bell Atlantic Mobile. I was 34. Got my first personal cell in approx 1997. It was a Motorola StarTac.
  3. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +65

    I remember very well that I received my first mobile phone when I was 17 years old. They'd been around for some time back then, but I'd never felt the urge to get one, primarily because I didn't think they were worth the expenditure. My first cell phone was a Nokia. I forget the model. My two older brothers had thrown some coin together to get it for me as a "gift" on my birthday. I was very pleased and very flattered as they were always rather stingy when we were growing up together. They still are.

    It didn't take long before I realized that they had given it to me in order to keep track of my whereabouts when I went out on dates. :D
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,162   +548

    My first cell phone, in the early 90's, was a Motorola Dyna-Tac, "the brick", in my mid 30's. You were lucky to get a couple hours out of
    a charge, and, that was if you didn't talk on it much.
  5. I got a Motorola v220 when I was 18. That was 9 years ago... damn.
    I put that thing through some rough stuff... most of the color had been scratched off from being bounced off the pavement and just about everything else.
    Still worked like a champ though, by the time I retired it 3 years later.
    However, the battery was in bad shape... It had about 45 minutes of talk time and about 5 hours standby at that point.
  6. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    That's very clever Of OF you, but no. It has nothing do with what I look than my avatar nor my statement has anything do with my avatar. LOL, what were you thinking? :oops:
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    I was, and still am thinking, if you and your avatar don't look anything alike, then we can't very well, "look at you now", can we? I'm also thinking the phrase, "look at me now", as you used it, is an idiomatic expression which in this case, references back to nothing.

    So, me ol' mind reader is on the fritz again. I prithee tell me, what exactly is the point of reference to which I should be looking?

    I had a bicycle when I was twelve, look at me now... Wut..? :confused:

    And since it's Saturday night let's liven up the place with this old saw..
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    I had my first cell when I was 30 and it was the size of a brick with a antenna.( reminded me of the cell phone Gordon Gekko had) I bought it because my wife was having a difficult pregnancy and I was always in my car for work. I was using a pager at the time...dreadful contraptions.
  9. momir

    momir TS Rookie

    I'm 21,got Ericsson T10s when I was 10/11 years old
  10. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 235   +50

    In 1995 at the age of 27 I got promoted to Wireless manager at NBC. From 1995-2008 I got first dibs on just about any model released. I was also in charge of corporate "Beepers" Most people called me cellphone guy or beeper king..
  11. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 235   +50

    So 27 years old was the first time
  12. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,081

    I had a bag phone (an Ericsson, maybe..?) circa 1998. That analog monster could get a connection in places that still don't have digital coverage today. Oh, six miles from the nearest tower in a hilly area? A little static was about the only annoyance.
  13. When I was 18, my first was a Nokia 8210, I paid $500 because I wanted to be different, instead of getting a 6185. Three months before it became Cingular. Unlimited texting, unlimited data...which sounded absurd back then to have...All for $20 bucks (5 for text and 15 for data)...I wish I kept that deal :-(
  14. dcnc123

    dcnc123 TS Enthusiast Posts: 55

    I got my first cellphone at the age of 12 that was a nokia 3310 I think it costs around $150 that time :) I'm now 22 years old..
  15. I'm 30 now, and I remember getting my first mobile phone as a 16th birthday present. It was the Nokia 5110 and that phone lasted me for a very long time.

    This phone went through a toilet, washing machine, falling off 4th story balcony onto cement and still managed to work without any issues.

    They just don't make things the way they used to
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    I think it was early 1999 when I got my first cellphone a Nokia 3210, and I was 27 years old at that time.
  17. My first cell phone 13 years old but I love my smartphone better then my first one
  18. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    My first cell was at 18 (I'm 26 now). Parents paid for the phone and activation as my 18th birthday present to me. My mom pretty much brown beat my dad into - she seem to be afraid of me falling of the face of the planet if she couldn't get a hold of me 24/7 :p.
    If was a Motorola flip phone that I really liked (it had great service and very durable. Found it moving a while back with its charger - plugged it in and it still worked :p Froze it in a snow bank once for a few hours at one point :p).
    I was forced to switch to a new phone a few years later when the small cell company I was with switch to phones using SIM cards. I got a Sony Erircson that was a total POS. Terrible reception on that thing. After that I picked up a second hand Razr off my friend, and have been using Motorola Razr ever since. (Although I'm finally looking at a smart phone mainly because the "new" Razr seem to be refurbished pieces of crap). I still have that original used Razr from ~2007ish, and it still turns on. Have to use speaker phone to hear anyone but hey it still works :p.
  19. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Im 24 now. So 10 years ago at age 14. MIGHT have been 13. I think it's a really bad idea for your kid not to have one if he is older than 10.
  20. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Never had a cellphone untill I was around 37. I grew up in the age of pagers. But I also remember the only way to get ahold of someone was on a landline. I resisted the "Cellphone craze" for as long as possible. It was a simple bar phone. No games and it was pay as you go. I could literally rubberband this phone to my wallet. And did. It heated up after 30 secs of talking. Maybe 6hrs standby and couldnt recieve text messages. It was a servicable phone for my needs at that time. Now I sell cellphones and have a Iphone4. I did go through a anti-tech phase for a few years. Once that was over I got into smartphones quickly.
  21. kissx

    kissx TS Enthusiast Posts: 64

    I was 27 when I got my first cell phone back in 1998. My friends had brick phones in the early 90's. about 5 dollars to make a 30 second call.
  22. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,993   +2,880

    Just Google Motorola 5200. Your mental images will be reaffirmed.

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