First cell phone was a true 'brick'

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  1. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

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  2. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Nice

    My parents used to have a phone that was connect to a pack, like in the Army. It was bigger and heavier than my mom's purse
     
  3. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    I still have a brick that I activate from time to time, just for fun. Gets more looks and better reception that a lot of modern phones, I'll tell you what!
     
  4. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    I've seen bigger ;)
    One where the battery was separate, and it had a carry handle - about the size of a breif case!
     
  5. dvdh macrumors 6502

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    This is the first one that I ever had the experience of using . . . my Dad bought it for farm business, and it was a frightfully expensive machine. They called it 'transportable' since it came with a shoulder strap. :p

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    That's it!

    That's the one my parents had! God that thing was a hassle.
     
  7. AppleAce macrumors regular

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    My Dad actually used to have something even older than a cell phone built into a console in his van. (No, not a CB :rolleyes: although he did have one of those in his truck) it was a radiotelephone I think?
     
  8. vieoray macrumors regular

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    hehe, yep, i remember those big things. my dad had one that he carried in a bag. the battery had a separate compartment from the phone and it plugged into the cigarette lighter or something...and there was a rather large antenna that had to be suction cupped onto the hood of the car to get reception. :)
     
  9. cubist macrumors 68020

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    We had a later version of that "brick". It was only around $200 when I bought it. Bell Atlantic and Contel were ripping us off horribly for intraLATA calls, whereas they were local for cell. We saved a lot of money, even back then.

    I think the "bag phones" dvdh showed came before the "brick". You sometimes come across them at thrift stores for a buck or two. I think it's a good idea to get one and stick it someplace in your car trunk. In an emergency, you can use it to call 911; they have better range than the pocket digital phones.
     
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    How did those get reception, did they still use what we now know as "Cell Towers" or was there other means to transmit?
     
  11. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    mmm.. I remember my first mobile phone, a motorola, WTH of a brick but at the time it was cool and nice, less than 1 hour battery life :( . I did like it.
     
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    I don't remember much about it as I was just a wee little thing, but my dad's mobile cost around $2000 and it was a Motorola. It was huge, but it didn't come with its own separate handbag. :p
     

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