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    Tell me about your first....

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    ..cellphone,--- what was it, when did you get it, and why.


    My story, should you choose to believe it.
    1994, my (not-yet) wife was driving back to her family's home, when a crazed motorcyclist pulls up next to her, threatens here, and follows here 20 miles until she pulls into a police parking lot.
    At that same time, the son of a friend has announced a 'party' to introduce a new communication device, the GTE Tele-Go phone.
    Never heard of it? It was a simple cellular phone (no display of any kind, had to press the 'on' button to get a dial tone before dialing, etc...) sold by independent contractors, a-la Avon, that could ::gasp:: act as a home cordless phone when it was in range of it's base station.
    Cool idea, but $19/mo + $.25/min made it too expensive for anything but emergencies. Still, it was a phone, it did fit in a pocket, and you could make a call (usually) if you needed to.


    [edit] I did some checking, and it seems that it did have a display. Bad memory...



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    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
    What's yours?
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    Re: Tell me about your first....

    This is a fun thread.

    First cell phone was an Ericsson phone from AT&T. Candy bar style. Picked it up from a kiosk in the mall.



    It looked a lot like this.

    I got it my junior year in college, so it was in 2000. Until that time, I was anti-cell for the longest. Didn't have a need for one. In addition, I felt like it was something that affluent individuals had because I was convinced that cell phone plans were VERY expensive. My sister picked one up at the same kiosk about a month before I did. Her new little toy had me jealous and curious. She told me that it wasn't as expensive as I thought and that the plans are manageable.

    I couldn't afford a national plan so I subscribed to a regional plan that did not include the area in which I went to school. So I hardly ever used it. It stayed in my desk drawer for months before I even got the courage to make a roaming call. I would periodically check to see if they had added Albany in their regional plan.

    Long story short. I jumped onto Sprint from there because they covered Albany. From Sprint I jumped to VZW. From VZW I ported to Cingular. The rest is history.

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    Re: Tell me about your first....

    Cool Thread, was just talking about this with some friends recently cracking on the old BRICK moto flip phones.

    My first was an Ericsson (forgot the model #) came out on OMNIPOINT- got it in February 1997. Day after I got a full time job with Benefits. I was still in college working my way thru school and always out and about. Got the phone to stay connected to family. I recall it being a small, heavy phone.

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    Yup, believe it or not, this baby was state of the art in 1992. Motorola bag phone. I will say this baby cranked out 3 watts and got a very good signal. Good sound - Yes, Portable - No

    BTW, great thread!

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    Re: Tell me about your first....

    wow nostalgic ; my first was in 1996 ; a grey block of a phone from Houston cellular. 9 bucks a month for like 30 mins of talk time, 45 cents a min afterwards; it was cool for emergency purposes. The battery charge lasted for about a day. good times
    holla atcha boy

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    Re: Tell me about your first....

    hmmm...i've burned to many brain cells to remember the model of my first phone, but it was in 1995, shortly after the birth of my first child. i was paranoid that the daycare (when i went back to work) would need to get hold of me in an emergency and so...the rest is history. i'm pretty sure it looked just like the one vanilla had ^^ and if you talked for over a few minutes, my ear would start to sweat because the phone got so hot!

    Larry - my dad had one of those bag phones! the funniest stuff ever! my dad was a radio-shack FREAK! our first PC (another thread topic) came from radio shack too!

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    Re: Tell me about your first....

    My story is boring and unimpressive heh. My first phone was in 2003, from Telus ...CDMA crap!



    Canceled my contract after a year, aweful reception and the battery would get very hot after a few minutes.

    I was cellphoneless until December 2006 when i was employed by Rogers Canada. I was given a Nokia 2610 ..threw it away a month later and got a BB Pearl

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    Re: Tell me about your first....

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ I don't remember exactly which was my first phone, but I know I had a Startac, then something Kyocera, then a Nokia 3989i all with Alltel, then a Nextel i530, then Motorola v710, LG 4650, Motorola e815, now BB 7130e with verizon.

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