When did you get your first mobile phone?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by iMacZealot, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    When did you get your first mobile phone, and how old were you?

    I got my first personal one in 2005 when I was 13. It was a plain Samsung A670 on Verizon, but it cost a lot for a relatively simple phone ($150). It then broke about a year ago in 2006, so I used our crap spare Samsung until I got a Sidekick 3 last Christmas. I'm now onto my iPhone, which my parents insisted I get because our entire family was switching from all different carriers to at&t. I am extremely grateful for it.

    My dad has had a cell phone since the mid 90's, but it was one his hospital gave him. Our family purchased our first mobile phone in 1997, the tenth customer of Qwest. My older siblings shared phones throughout middle and high school, and the two oldest (26 and 25) didn't get their own until college.

    I'm interested in when everybody else got their first one, and what a clunker (or not) it was.
  2. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    1987, and the reception was terrible, even in London.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Mine was sometime in the early to mid 90s. Decided to replace my beeper since it went off so often (was a salesman) and finding pay phones was a pain in the arse. Some Motorola brick with lousy reception.
  4. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    1994 at the same time I got my learners license

    first one I paid for myself, 1999 a sweet samsung flip phone from voice-stream (now t-mobile)
  5. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Sometime around '89 I got a fancy Motorola bag-phone. Weighed about 8 lbs., had crap reception even with the antenna attachment, and a battery that held a charge for about 20 minutes.

    I thought I was the ****.:rolleyes:
  6. Principessa macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2007
    Mine was the Nokia 5110 back in 1999 (I think). I was 13 and the first one of my friends to have a cell phone haha. :cool:
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    16 when I started to drive. It was very uncommon for teenagers to have them when I was 16. Now I think kids get them even as young as 8-9. I happen to know a few 9 year olds that have them.
  8. kymac macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2006
  9. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    when i was 14(two years ago) i got a samsung sch-a650...i still have it but am getting a new phone in a couple days:D(prob the lg voyager)
  10. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    My SO made me get one two years ago next February. The salesgirl was somehow dumbfounded that I managed to survive the first thirty years of my life without one of the accursed things.
  11. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    Wow, I had the A670 (which was basically yours but with a camera and external display) and I've been on two new phones since then.

    I feel sorry that you must stay on Verizon.
  12. gikku macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2006
    Motorola Startac something or other.
    then came 8 Nokias and now a Sony Ericsson.
  13. Schnebar macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2006
    I got my first phone in 7th grade when I was 13. So that would have been 2003.

    My parents forgot about me when I was at school watching an after school sports game. I waited on the steps by myself for like an hour, at night before they remembered me. Then the next day they took me to Verizon and got me a phone so that would never happen again.
  14. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Me and my Mom both got our first cell phones when I was in the 10th grade, which was back in early '04. They cancelled school one day because it was snowing and I couldn't get a hold of her and had to sit there and wait for a few hours, so we went the next day and got them.
  15. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    yea...its a good phone for working good for two years now...i really would love a iphone but we don't have any coverage here in my little hick town.:rolleyes:
  16. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Last Christmas, an extremely crappy Motorola v170 - the truly crappy side of phone technology. It was with Tracfone. I was 14. I let it lapse around October, and don't plan on reactivating it...

    I'd like new one, but it ain't happening. My braces pretty much put the nail in the coffin of any expensive gifts this Christmas. We're going simple. Which i suppose will be good - I'll still get to hang around family, and its not like i'm not getting anything, so I should be grateful.
  17. BadlyDrawnGirl macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2006
    New Zealand
    This doesn't really count as me "getting" a cell phone, but the first one my family owned was this huge console-like contraption we used to carry around in the car. It was probably purchased around 1991 or 1992 since I was in 2nd grade at the time. I remember being so freaking proud every time my dad asked me to stick the antenna onto the windshield with the suction cups and call home - it was like I was communicating from outer space or something, lol.

    My first phone that was actually mine was bought in 2001 from Verizon, right before I went off to college. (I went to NYU and my uber-paranoid mom had nightmarish visions of me being accosted by scary black men in an East Village alleyway and not being able to call 911.) It was a Motorola and was about the size of a blackboard eraser. LOL this brings back memories...
  18. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    Mine snapped in half after about 15 months, and my brother's and my friend's did the same after about 10.
  19. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    i have heard that...yea i have treated mine like crap and it is still going strong...every once in a day it freezes up.:eek:
  20. zulgand04 macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2002
    Northborough, MA
    got mine back in high school, sophomore year i believe (2001). They days of those huge nokia bricks lol. I defiantly don't miss those.

  21. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    11 or 12, cant remember which. It was Kyocera K9 with Virgin Mobile.
  22. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    When I was in 7th grade so... 2002 I think.

    It was a motorola flip phone.. V something i believe.
  23. xodonniedarko macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2007
    North Carolina
    I got my first phone when I was 15, right after I got my permit. I got Cricket (if any of you know that service) because it was 35$ a month and it was non-contract plan, so it was pay as I go.

    My mom said I couldn't get a cell phone until I payed for it myself, but that was okay because I had a job that summer, too. It was a hand-me-down phone, an old kiyocera. Oh yeah.


    Something like that, but a little more ghetto and used.
  24. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Mine was a hand-me-down from my brother when he was in France for 6 months. I got his car during that time too. The phone was an Ericsson R3xx. I liked it, but then the microphone died. I got it mid-January 2002.
  25. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
    I got a mobile in 1999. It was some form of Motorolla...I was about 14. Then the next phone I had was a Nokia 5110. That was a sweet phone! I lost it at school :(

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