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    History of Cell Phones

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    Taken from http://advice.cio.com/al_sacco/a_bri...hone_1973_2007

    1973
    • Motorola touts a prototype of the world's first mobile cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. It's more than a foot long, weighs nearly 2 pounds and sells for $4,000. However, it wasn't commercially available until a decade later.



    1982
    • Finnish handset maker Nokia introduces its first mobile phone, the Nokia Mobira Senator. The device looks very much like a portable radio and it weighs a whopping 21 pounds. Yikes.



    1993
    • BellSouth/IBM unveil the world's first mobile phone with PDA features, including phone and pager functionality, calculator and calendar applications, as well as fax and e-mail capability. The BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator weighs 21 ounces and sells for $900.



    1996
    • Motorola debuts its StarTAC mobile phone, merging fashion and functionality into the cell phone. It weighs 3.1 ounces--light by even today's standards--and it is a clam shell device.


    2000
    • Kyocera introduces its QCP6035 mobile phone, the very first widely available Palm OS-based phone. It costs between $400 and $500 but only included 8MB of memory.




    2001
    • Before Palm acquired Handspring, the company released its Handspring Treo 180 cellular phone, which came in two versions. The Treo 180 was available with a QWERTY keyboard as well as in a separate version with text input method called Graffiti.



    2002
    • The Danger Hiptop, which later became known as the T-Mobile Sidekick, hits the mobile space. It is one of the first mobile devices to include a quality Web browser, reliable e-mail access and instant messaging, as well a unique swiveling form factor. (PCWorld.com later went on to name the device its 2003 product of the year.)
    • The BlackBerry 5810 hits the market in 2002, and though it's not the first BlackBerry, it's the first such device from Research In Motion (RIM) to include voice functionality--though a headset is required because it doesn't have an external microphone or speaker.
    • Sanyo and Sprint make the Sprint SCP-5300 PCS available, and both companies claim it's the first mobile phone in the United States to include a digital camera. Image quality is, however, less than impressive.





    2004
    • Motorola announces its RAZR v3 cell phone and starts a trend toward ultra-thin, stylish phones that's still influencing mobile device manufacturers today. The RAZR v3 is a "cool" device that everyone, from high schoolers to businessmen, wants. It's still one of the most popular mobile phones, and its one of the few handsets offered by the majority of major cellular carriers.
    2006
    • RIM, known for its high-end business phones and reliable "push" e-mail technology, makes its first foray into the consumer space with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. The device is the first from RIM to include a digital camera and media player and it's also the smallest, thinnest BlackBerry--currently, the company's 8800 series of devices are the thinnest it offers. (Read CIO.com's review for more on the BlackBerry Pearl.)
    2007
    • Apple releases the iPhone, a beautifully designed device that includes an innovative--and much hyped up--touch screen navigation interface, which doesn't require the use of a stylus. The device is available exclusively through AT&T in the United States, and it comes in a 4GB version for $499 and an 8GB version for $599.

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    I remember when these were the thing...
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    Oh memories. I remember my Motorola startac. It was my first cell phone.
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    ~via BB 8120 (wap.pinstack.com)~ lol! Those phones were huge. I don't see how people could use em.

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    i hate to admit this but i had a bag phone in fact i still have it somewhere!

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    How time flys maybe i think ive had about 20 cells to this date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capdot View Post
    Oh memories. I remember my Motorola startac. It was my first cell phone.
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    The Motorola Startac was my first cell phone too...the first one I had was analog with the orange numbers....I still have 3 or four Startacs at my house. Did you all know that the Startac was the first phone to have the vibrate function???

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    I remember the good old star tac! That was My first phone as well when I was in high school! I was super excited to have that phone, but not as excited as when I got my Pearl back in 06!!!~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    History everyone should learn.....

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    great find... nothing like a history lesson!
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    I remember having one of those Motorola 2-pound "brick" phones - what an anchor. Remember the scene in "Wall Street" where Michael Douglas is walking on the beach, early morning I think, talking on a "brick" phone?

    I also had a StarTac - that was a nice cell phone in it's time. Ahhh, the memories.
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    My dads first phone was a bag phone from Motorola. He still has it somewhere.

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    The thing about the brick phone I liked was the fact that you could be on the phone ( I live in East LA ) talking to someone and someone come up behind you to try and jack you......u could then take the phone and beat them with it and never lose connection or worry about the phone breaking....LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by ice44 View Post
    The thing about the brick phone I liked was the fact that you could be on the phone ( I live in East LA ) talking to someone and someone come up behind you to try and jack you......u could then take the phone and beat them with it and never lose connection or worry about the phone breaking....LOL
    I remember my dad had one. He left it on top of a cab that pulled away to make it fall off only to be run over by a bus. No damage resulted.

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    my dad had a car phone in the early 90's
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