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Old Jul 24th, 2010, 09:04 AM   #1
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Your First Cellphone

I was thinking about cell usage and how it's frying my brain and what is left of my mind wandered back to my first cellphone...

It's the Nokia pictured second from left. I received it free when I signed up with Fido which had just started out. I've been with them ever since and have thankfully never paid for a phone (which is good business considering the plans I use).

I also had the one to the right of it for awhile. It was super sturdy. I must have dropped it over a hundred times and it didn't even crack.

How about you?
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Old Jul 24th, 2010, 09:17 AM   #2
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Mine was an analogue Motorola StarTac 3000 :-)
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Old Jul 24th, 2010, 09:27 AM   #3
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My first cell phone in 1987 was a Motorola that was firmly bolted to the floor of the car, similar to this one:
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My first cell phone in 1987 was a Motorola that was firmly bolted to the floor of the car, similar to this one:
Fantastic! Do you remember what you paid for airtime back then?
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Fantastic! Do you remember what you paid for airtime back then?
Yep, I had a contract for personal use and it was 25 cents a minute. I owned the phone ($599) and the access fee was $90/month on top of that. My average cell bills used to be about $300/month. The exterior antenna mounted on the glass of the rear window with booster pak was another $499 installed for a 3 watt signal.
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Old Jul 24th, 2010, 10:44 AM   #6
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Mine was a VTech, an A700 if I remember the model number correctly. I got it back in 2003.

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Yep, I had a contract for personal use and it was 25 cents a minute. I owned the phone ($599) and the access fee was $90/month on top of that. My average cell bills used to be about $300/month. The exterior antenna mounted on the glass of the rear window with booster pak was another $499 installed for a 3 watt signal.
Were those permanently installed car phones set up to work even when the car was turned off and keys removed from the ignition? The reason why I ask is because I used to be a little **** disturber. A couple of times when I was a kid and I saw a car with a cellphone antenna attached to the rear windshield parked outside a house, I'd sometimes go up to the front door and knock on it and tell the person answering it that their car phone was ringing. The usual response was that it wasn't their car but I did get a couple of people flying out the front door, hurriedly unlocking their car only to discover the phone wasn't ringing. I always thought I'd get busted for telling people their car phone was ringing if it couldn't when the car was parked and shut off but nobody ever questioned me on it.
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The very first I had was a Philips in 1985. It was a big black box about the size of a shoe box mounted under the bed of the sleeper of my rig, the handset was mounted in a cradle on my dash with a coiled telephone cord, there was also the windshield mounted antenna. It took about 4hrs to install, cost $3500 and my bills were $700+/per month with very sparse usage perhaps one or two calls a day. I recall roaming fees in the US as much as $5/minute USD.

My next phone after that was a Motorola "Flip" I got around 1990. Prices dropped, but cell usage and roaming didn't. I used my calling card mostly from pay phones and the cell only for situations which required it...like when trying to get loads.
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Work paid for my one and only cell phone. When I retired I happily deep-sixed it.
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Looking at that array of phones, I have flashbacks of extending antennas that kept breaking off and needed to be replaced.
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Looking at that array of phones, I have flashbacks of extending antennas that kept breaking off and needed to be replaced.
Or pulling them out with your teeth which I've been told is a terrible thing to do...
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