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Top message:  Farwell Beep Beep by MadFatMan   Jun 29, 2013, 9:45 AM

Replying to:  Dude by Zpike   Jul 2, 2013, 2:25 AM

Re: Dude

by cellphonesaretools    Jul 2, 2013, 9:09 AM

Zpike said:
Dude,you can use the phone finder on this site to look at phones from the time if you like. You'll find that speaker phones were very common. In fact, one of the most common phones of that era was the RAZR and it had a full-duplex speaker phone. The fact that none of your friends were smart enough to purchase a phone with a speakerphone doesn't change anything. To suggest that cellphone manufacturers borrowed the idea of a speakerphone (which existed long before Nextel) from Nextel is ridiculous, if not uninformed.

You have completely misinterpreted, and read into this things I never wrote, nor implied.
1) I never stated Nextel was the only mfgr with speakerphone. I said all Nextels had speakerphone, and many other phones in the early 2000s (i.e. 2000-2004 time frame, because Sprint took over Nextel in 2005 and that began the rapid decline of Nextel & PTT) did not have them. I never stated that Nextel was the only cellphone carrier with speakerphones.
2) I never stated anyone else borrowed the idea from Nextel.
3) FYI, your particular example is irrelevant, in that the Razr was not widely available nor widely used until near the beginning of 2005, which is already outside of the period any reasonable person would interpret as the early 2000s. From Wikipedia: "Motorola Razr is a series of mobile phones by Motorola, part of the 4LTR line...released in the market in the third quarter of 2004."

The original point was, and still is, back in the early 2000s before Sprint took over, which was indeed Nextel's heyday, every Nextel phone came equipped with an ear-splitting speakerphone, which in general was far more used because of the way most users handled PTT calls. There were certainly other cellphones that had speakerphones back then, but in the early 2000s not nearly the percentage of other carriers' offerings included speakerphones, whereas today I would venture to say that probably 98+% of all cellphones sold today do have speakerphone, and indeed more people use them than did in the early 2000s.

Please, next time carefully read the entire thread before popping off, interjecting your misinterpretations and wrongly assigning them to me, and slamming my family and friends.

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