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QOTW: What was the first mobile phone you purchased?

by Parm Mann on 19 June 2020, 16:31

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We're continuing the nostalgia trip. Following graphics cards and game consoles, let's turn our attention to one of the most widely-used pieces of tech in the world today; the mobile phone.

They sure have come a long way, but we want you to turn your attention right back to your very first handset. For the young folk that might be a recent iPhone, others may remember their first BlackBerry, and we're willing to bet at least a few will recall an old Nokia, perhaps the 3210.

Let's hear it: what was the first mobile phone your purchased? Share yours using the comments facility below, and if you can, try and remember the year you bought it, and which features or attributes you still remember vividly.



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Nokia 5110 - actually a 5146, which was a carrier specific variant.
I was a late adopter, Nokia 3210.
Purchased myself? I feel like it was perhaps a ZTE Blade when they were all the rage back in 2010.
IIRC, a Sony “Mars bar”, and CMH-333, or possibly CM-H333. Early 1990's, about £400. Ran on BT Cellnet, an analogue cell system.

I'd had older, and much more expensive, phones before that, but they were provided to me by company. The Mars bar was the first ones I bought. And here I am, nearly 30 years later, having just spent approx £400 on a mobile phone. Oh well. :D


EDIT - This is it
First one I purchased with my own money - Motorola Star-Tac!!

First one I ever owned was a Phillips Diga, but that was one of many that people bought for me, out of exasperation at not being able to get hold of me 24/7… seemingly unaware of how easily I can just ‘forget’ to take it with me when I leave the house. I still do that even now.