What was your first cell phone?

Jbenn425

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I got my first cell phone 11 years ago in 8th grade. It was a Motorola 120t. I just dug it out of my closet but it had no charger so I ordered one on ebay for $3 because I REALLY want to turn it on for nostalgia. And to be able to show my kids one day. So what was your first cell phone?
 

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Jbenn425

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My 1st phone was the original iPhone. :)
Wow, that's interesting. What about the iPhone made you decide to get a cell phone? It's hard enough to switch someone from a dumb phone to a smart phone, never mind a person with no phone at all.
 

dXTC

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My first was a Kyocera QCP2035a.



Since then, I've had a Motorola T720 and a Nokia 6126. After that was my first "smartphone" style phone, a Motorola Atrix. When that one started having screen issues, I got an iPhone 5, which is my current phone.
 

Jbenn425

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Since then, I've had a Motorola T720 and a Nokia 6126.
I had the T720. I LOVED that phone!! I remember at that time everyone had the song P.I.M.P as their ringtone because polyphonic tones were all the rage. I remember you were also able to get a camera attachment for it. So effectively it was one of the first camera phones. I remember thinking to myself "All this phone needs it a front camera and you could video chat!"
 

Mr. McMac

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My first cell phone was a portable 3 watt "car phone" made by Panasonic back in 1987 or 88. Cost about a grand and the service was very expensive at about 80 cents a minute after I used up my free 30 minutes a month. I forget what the monthly service charge was. Needless to say I didn't use it much
 

Jbenn425

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I'm curious, if I buy a T720 off ebay, how can I get in past the "insert SIM" screen? Would it work if I just bought a blank sim card off ebay and inserted it just to be able to access the phone's features?
 

dXTC

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I had the T720. I LOVED that phone!! I remember at that time everyone had the song P.I.M.P as their ringtone because polyphonic tones were all the rage. I remember you were also able to get a camera attachment for it. So effectively it was one of the first camera phones. I remember thinking to myself "All this phone needs it a front camera and you could video chat!"
I'm a "serious hobbyist" MIDI/electronic musician; I learned to create MIDI files that would play back (but not very well) on the T720. I didn't get a camera on my phone until the Nokia 6126. I did some screen customizations on that one, and the 6126 even had a General MIDI soundset for easy full-orchestration ringtone creation.
 

yg17

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Not sure of the exact model number, but I'm pretty sure this was it - at least it looks like it. One of the first GSM phones for AT&T Wireless (pre-Cingular merger) circa 2002 or 2003. The thing was indestructible.



Kinda wish I still had it, put my SIM card in there and see how well it works because I think it would still work on AT&T's network. I'd be curious how call quality compares to today's smart phones, some of the older Nokias were amazing in that regard.
 

malman89

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Not sure of the exact model number, but I'm pretty sure this was it - at least it looks like it. One of the first GSM phones for AT&T Wireless (pre-Cingular merger) circa 2002 or 2003. The thing was indestructible.

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Kinda wish I still had it, put my SIM card in there and see how well it works because I think it would still work on AT&T's network. I'd be curious how call quality compares to today's smart phones, some of the older Nokias were amazing in that regard.
I was going to use this exact image. I don't think it's a perfect match, but I had this similar phone on Cingular Wireless in red. It looked awesome and was awesome since I got it at a pretty young age (for the time) in 8th grade since I was the youngest of 4 and just got added in to the family plan with my siblings. Definitely called no one but my family.
 

Jessica Lares

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My parents got me this Sanyo at the end of my sophomore year in high school. I hated it with a passion to the point that I made them cancel my service and I didn't have a phone until the iPhone 2G came out.

 

Happybunny

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Mine was a Siemens M35i, commonly called the PostPhone.

Like 35% of the Netherlands these phones were free by the opening from a bank account by the PostBank.:)
 

twietee

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A Motorola Timeport.

Man I loved it! But I wore a lot of baggy jeans back then - that's how I've lost it.

 

Misskitty

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Pretty hot stuff..huh!? :cool:

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I remember when they were $750 on a 3 year term :eek:

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Ahh yes, my mother had that in silver. I remember it also used to come as a car phone with Lexus's. It was eventually replaced with a V60 for Lexus.
I had the major hots for the v60 cause at the time, it was the first all metal housing cell phone. It was some serious hotness. $900 hotness.



I would like to see someone, anyone in public with a normal cell. Everyone has smartphones now even grandmas are rocking iphones.
 
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