Throwback to 2007...

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  1. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    Cingular? Was that back when ATT could be called both? I got the original from ATT.
     
  2. 1080p thread starter macrumors 68020

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    iPhone was announced shortly before Cingular was changed back to AT&T branding.
     
  3. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    Ah gotcha.
     
  4. caelius macrumors regular

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    God, that old Apple website surely looked goofy. :D
     
  5. whosgt macrumors member

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    That was considered good back then.
     
  6. mattcube64 macrumors 65816

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    Here's something cool - the same ad but on my computer in HS:

    [​IMG]

    ... Here's the line I waited in for the original:

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    ... and my first sync:

    [​IMG]

    Oh ****... I have a pic of the checkout:

    [​IMG]
     
  7. caelius macrumors regular

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    Yeah. Just like shoulder pads during the '80s. :p
     
  8. adammull macrumors 6502a

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    Did someone just ask what Cingular is? Man I'm getting old.:p
     
  9. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    No. I knew what Cingular was. I was asking because I thought that there was a brief time that Cingular/ATT were one in the same but hadn't merged the name to just ATT.
     
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    Confusing Story:
    AT&T Corp (Original AT&T landline, founded late 1800's)
    Bought McCaw Cellular and branded it AT&T Wireless Services in 1994

    AT&T Wireless Services was spun off into it's own company in 2000.

    Cingular Wireless was created in a joint venture between SBC Communications and Bell South in 2000.

    In 2005, Cingular Wireless acquired AT&T Wireless Services.

    In 2005, AT&T Corp (Original AT&T Landline) was aquired by SBC Communications.

    So at this point... one of the partner parent companies of Cingular... now owned AT&T Corp.

    In 2006, SBC Communications acquired Bell South (The other half owner of Cingular)

    Now SBC... owning all of Cingular and the old AT&T company.... rebrands as The NEW AT&T.

    When iPhone was announced... the wireless service was still branded Cingular... that is why early marketing material shows Cingular as the alpha tag in the top left of the iPhone.

    Right before iPhone release... the rebranding process was compete.
     
  12. snsking macrumors 6502

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    These are some relics lmao!
     
  13. adammull macrumors 6502a

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    It was more than brief. I want to say it was throughout my owning the original iPhone although wikipedia claims it was right when it came out. But I vividly remember being in line at a Cingular store and the phone displaying Cingular on the signal.
     
  14. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the explanation, I thought it was something like that. I was one of those guys on Verizon and said I would never have a $100 phone bill for a smart phone. iPhone came out and I was like sign me up.
     
  15. blwade macrumors 6502

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    Wouldn't see 'Hot News' on any websites these days, eh? Unless maybe they are NSFW? ;)
     
  16. Oridus macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/colberts-take-on-att/955486/

    Here's a funny video about it.
     
  17. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    One additional tidbit - prior to 1995, SBC Communications was called Southwestern Bell, one of the Baby Bells created when AT&T was broken up.

    I still have my original 4GB iPhone sitting in a box somewhere. The wifi doesn't really work anymore, but otherwise it's fine.
     
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  19. ziggo macrumors 6502

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    Ah 2007...

    Lost my virginity..


    Stayed in line for the very first piece of technology I ever cared to stay in line for. Original IPhone


    That was a great year
     
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    you lost your virginity to a homeless person sleeping in the apple store iphone-line?
     
  21. ziggo macrumors 6502

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    Nope. It was a girl I worked with and dated. She stayed in line with me for the entire 12 hours waiting in that first iPhone...
     
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    I preferred the name Cingular. Before the merger, AT&T had such a bad reputation on its own as a carrier.

    I remember back in the 90's before I owned my own cell phone and pagers were still cool, I would see alot of PacBell and AirTouch commercials on TV. The latter becoming Verizon. My first phone which was an Audiovox was on Verizon back in December 1999. Then I switched to Cingular two years later and preferred GSM technology over CDMA since I traveled alot. Thanks for GSM, Nokia.

    I remember first trying iPhone and thinking "3.5 display is large. Most phones had less than "2.5-"3 displays back prior to 2007-2008. Phones didn't start to become larger until 2009 when Android was in full swing. The T-Mobile G1 in 2008 was only at "3.2. First time I saw an HTC Evo in 2010, a girl whipped it out and I went wow by its large screen. It was only a "4.3! The first Galaxy Note is rather small too at "5.3 but it was massive five years ago. Now I can't live with a phone with under "4.5 display.

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  24. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a

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    Wow... Things sure have changed a lot in 10 years!
     

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