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What's the oldest portable handset you remember seeing in use?

Corpo Rat

Nov 26, 2004, 11:34 AM
And by 'portable', I mean, not a bagphone or a built-in.

From my days at Radio Shack, I remember the Q-Phone, made by Qualcomm in Sprint's early days in 1995-6 - one of the first all-digital handsets. Going even further back, I remember Radio-Shack branded handsets, used through Cellular One, I believe. This would have been in the early-to-mid 1990s. They had a penny-phone, you got 200 minutes, no N&W or MTM, no data, no text, no nothing, for about $80 a month. I could be wrong about the airtime, it was a long time ago. Just a phone, a charger and a manual you could use to crack someone's skull with.

I remember the Nokia 252 & 292 handsets. I remember Uniden handsets that looked suspiciously like the Nokias, but with a proprietary ba...

Dec 5, 2004, 11:04 AM
How about the Motorola TeleTac 200? Analog. Better yet, the Motorola ?? Brick phones...like the ones in "A Night at the Roxbury"

Dec 12, 2004, 10:45 PM
i have a mot 8000 and an OKI 700 their first Portable. My favorite is a Motorola MicroTAC 500 which originally sold for $3000 when they launched. the first "Flip" Phone

Dec 7, 2004, 2:44 PM
i once had a call where a customer wanted to swap esn back to thier Fujitsu commander, it being the only phone they could find that got signal in thier area.. To program it. I ended up surfing to some Canadian phreaker site where the manual was archived.

Dec 7, 2004, 11:09 PM
Hrmm... probably the oldest I remember seeing in use was my dad's Motorola flip phone. Analog only, I think he got it in something like 1994? Being that I work for VZW I finally talked him into upgrading the other day and bring him into the next century 🙂

Dec 13, 2004, 12:19 AM
audiovox mvx400

Dec 17, 2004, 10:25 PM
I do not know the model number or manufacturer but I recall handeling a cell phone that came in a small briefcase. You can still see these in old movies.

Dec 17, 2004, 10:30 PM
I think it was a Mitsubishi and dizzamn, it was huuuge.

Dec 18, 2004, 5:41 PM
My hands are HUUUGE. 😳

Dec 18, 2004, 8:22 PM

Dec 19, 2004, 9:54 PM
I think the model was a Qualcomm 4000 or something like that. It was about a foot tall, two inches wide, three inches thick. The battery alone was about the size of a Sanyo 4900. The customer had had it since 1996 and only had very occassional use for it. They were on one of those old 20 minutes for $20 plans. They finally came into our store to upgrade when the battery gave out and tey couldn't find a replacement.

Dec 7, 2010, 5:18 PM
Ericson T19LX

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