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When did you get your first cell phone?


by Anonymousreply 5101/06/2013

1996...and I'm still with the same provider, sort of.

by Anonymousreply 101/05/2013

I held out until the year 2000, when I was 24, and I don't know why I waited so long. I cannot imagine my life without a cell phone now.

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by Anonymousreply 301/05/2013


And I'm only on my second phone now. Not a "smartphone."

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by Anonymousreply 501/05/2013

1987. It was installed in the center console of my car. Or I could have purchased a "portable" model that I could carry around in a stylish bag complete with compartments for chargers, extra batteries and other cell phone accessories...

Times sure have changed for us eldergay technology geeks.

by Anonymousreply 601/05/2013

I got mine when I was in the third grade. This was around 2000-2001. My mom insisted. I actually got one before that but I didn't carry it with me until third grade. I don't remember life without one really.

by Anonymousreply 701/05/2013

Around 2000 or so ... same provider, but I'm on I think my 4th actual phone.

by Anonymousreply 801/05/2013

2005. Still use the same phone, even after dropping it in water once. I don't like talking on the phone much so it works for me.

by Anonymousreply 901/05/2013

When I was in 5th grade I think, so 2002.

by Anonymousreply 1001/05/2013

Late 1980's, but only usable in the car! Remember the little spiral antennas mounted on the rear roof!?

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by Anonymousreply 1301/05/2013

I don't have a cell phone at all!

I don't have a TV, either!

I don't even have a computer. I send my DL messages via telegraph!


by Anonymousreply 1401/05/2013

Just like r6, but I worked for the company. The call rates were 33-cents a minute - a $500 bill the first month.

by Anonymousreply 1501/05/2013

Late 90s. Maybe 1998. I think it was GTE when I got it, now its Verizon.

When I met BF in '93, he had one of those center console car phones too.

by Anonymousreply 1601/05/2013


Who cares?

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by Anonymousreply 1801/05/2013

"I don't have a cell phone at all!"

Me neither! Don't need one! Life's great!

by Anonymousreply 1901/05/2013

1995 nokia, even left it at a camp ground, and had to get a new one... now how many years later have a drawer full of old phones.. heck even had one stolen 4 or so years ago, we were watching a rocket go off at bar at cocoa beach, came back and phone on bar was stolen.. such bad luck with phones.. glad we still have land line!

by Anonymousreply 2001/05/2013

My parents are waiting for me to turn 16 before they buy me one.

by Anonymousreply 2101/05/2013

Mid 90s.

I worked for one of the telcos and got a discount. Even with the discount it was expensive and all my friends thought I was a showoff.

by Anonymousreply 2201/05/2013

I got my first cell phone right after 9-11. I decided that if I was ever near a disaster, I would want to be able to phone my loved ones ASAP to let them know I was okay

by Anonymousreply 2301/05/2013

2002 is when the whole world started to get them down here in my little corner of Southern California, it seemed. I held out until 2004.

By 2005, it was a city of zombies, talking loudly in public, texting while at restaurants with friends. If cell-phones really do cause cancer, this whole city is royally screwed.

by Anonymousreply 2401/05/2013

It was 1988 & it was called a 'car phone' then, with the 'brain' of the phone installed under the passenger seat. Service was via LA CELLULAR & cost $25 per month for what they called 'Nightowl Service'. The best cell clarity ever! Calling from the SantaMonica Freeway to a friend in Seattle was as clear as any land line call. I miss those days.

by Anonymousreply 2501/05/2013

1984. My boss decided he needed to be able to be in quick contact with me when I was out of the office and the company installed one in my car. It was huge! Like a walky-talky. I hated the thing then and I still hate the things today.

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by Anonymousreply 2701/05/2013

2012 and I haven't used it yet. True.

by Anonymousreply 2801/05/2013

This summer. Only because if i was in a disaster. I'd want to be able to call my loved ones to let them know i was ok. ....than remembered i have no loved ones. So returned the phone and used the money to buy a loved one. At least for one night.

by Anonymousreply 2901/05/2013

1997 through sprint

by Anonymousreply 3001/05/2013

Christmas 1903. The range was surprisingly small.

by Anonymousreply 3101/05/2013

Only ANCIENT eldergays say the don't need a cell phone. Makes life easier for things like picking friends up at airport, meeting people etc... How great it is for people who pick u up at the airport when you text "just landed". No wondering when you'll be at the curbside. Though I think people are way to involved with their devices and they should be ignored at dinners, movies etc...

by Anonymousreply 3201/05/2013

"" Only ANCIENT eldergays say the don't need a cell phone.""

For what?

Seriously, every other person these days has a cellphone if there is an emergency.

If I breakdown on the road, I have a "Call Police" placard that fits in my back window. I am sure the authorities will get many calls reporting my position.

No worried, and don't need a cell phone.

Not THAT old R32 -- under 60!

by Anonymousreply 3301/05/2013

1990 my partner got one. We always took it with us in the car. I didn't drive (Manhattanite), so I couldn't care less. I finally got one after 9/11. In case I needed to call and say goodbye as I got trapped in the gassed subway or the poisoned air of a high rise, or just to say, "Hi, I escaped the car bombing on Lexington."

by Anonymousreply 3401/05/2013

Funny, R6. My first BF had that and it was called a "car phone" at the time. Installed in the center console of his Camaro.

by Anonymousreply 3501/05/2013

I remember seeing an interview with Ringo Starr and he was recalling something from 1969 and said, "So I called him on my car phone," and I was surprised to know they had car phones then. They were only for the very rich and famous.

by Anonymousreply 3601/05/2013

When I was in 4th grade, so last Tuesday.

by Anonymousreply 3701/05/2013

R35 again. His car phone was in 1980. It was about the size of a large home phone with a box attached but he could plug it into the car and receive and make calls from the car. At that time, phones only worked at home or in cars. The idea of walking around with a phone was nonexistent, at least to us.

by Anonymousreply 3801/05/2013

1986 - Installed car phone. 1987 - big Motorola analog phone a la X-Files.

by Anonymousreply 3901/05/2013

My partner's friend had a "portable" phone in the 1980s. It was attached to a big box/suitcase-like thing and he would bring it into buildings with him and plug it in so he wouldn't miss any calls. He also carried a gun with him wherever he went because his main place of business was in East NY and it was very dangerous.

So the guy was loaded down.

by Anonymousreply 4001/05/2013

1994. I think it was Nokia, and there were a million different colored faceplates you could swap out. Had that until I got a fabulous FLIP-PHONE in 1999! The flip-phone finally died last year and I got a smartphone.

by Anonymousreply 4101/05/2013

Never had one and never will--don't understand the "minutes" thing or "going over" or any of that bullshit and don't care to. I had to carry one once as part of the job I had and hated it--I detest the way they work and like old fashioned phone with the mouthpiece in front of my mouth. I think telephones are more a supplement to actual face-to-face conversation; to carry one around constantly is to be a slave to a fucking phone. If cell phones cause cancer I guess I'll be the last one standing.

by Anonymousreply 4201/05/2013

Not so small, R31. This stylish frau was sporting the trendiest, most Hi-Tech iPhone of the day.

by Anonymousreply 4301/05/2013

2001. I avoided it as long as I could, didn't want one.

Now, of corse, I'm on my third iPhone and can't live without it.

by Anonymousreply 4401/05/2013

R42 here. Forgot to add this. Why are restaurants so COLD these days?

by Anonymousreply 4501/05/2013

I still use a beeper.

by Anonymousreply 4601/05/2013

Were car phones cell phones?

by Anonymousreply 4701/05/2013

1998, but I have never gone to the smart phone.

by Anonymousreply 4801/05/2013

R44, you could easily live without it.

You're being silly thinking you cannot live without it.

Those of us who have never had a cell phone nor a smart phone get along very well without one.

You could too.

It's just that you do not want to. Nor do you see why you should.

Many people cannot afford the monthly bill on an iPhone.

by Anonymousreply 4901/06/2013

The first one I loved was a StarTAC with the indliglo lighting.

I'm now on a HTC EVO 4g LTE. Great phone but there is no 4g LTE service in my area and maybe never will be. It's some ongoing bullshit litigation about bandwidth.

by Anonymousreply 5001/06/2013

Had an MB that came with a phone. Spotty quality, especially on highways. But who didn't love the whole "I'm on the car phone" salutation back then?

by Anonymousreply 5101/06/2013
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