First cell phone was a true 'brick'

tdhurst

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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
 
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LeeTom

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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!
 
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dvdh

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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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tdhurst

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That's it!

dvdh said:
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

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

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That's the one my parents had! God that thing was a hassle.
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?
 
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vieoray

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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. :)
 
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cubist

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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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MacNut

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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?
 
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AmigoMac

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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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Abstract

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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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