1. Ry's Avatar
    What was your first cellular phone? What was your first "smartphone"?

    Which phones did you buy with your own money?
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    02-22-2017 03:53 PM
  2. MrMobile's Avatar
    Hey Ry,

    Love questions like this because I'm such a nostalgia hound. My first cellular phone was a Samsung SCH-3500 on Sprint. I got it when I was 18, about a year after it debuted, and I chose Sprint because at the time they were the only carrier not doing credit checks (plus, at $129.99, the phone was pretty affordable). Despite its poor reception and volume (and Sprint's nascent network), I loved that cool-looking thing. I'd post a picture but the in-flight WiFi I'm using is terrible and it would never get through.

    My first smartphone came three years later. I'd moved to Virginia for college and snagged a job with Nextel. Nextel would later be acquired by Sprint, but at the time it was very healthy, growing explosively ... and it offered a free phone with free service to every retail employee. To augment that i60c "Employee Business Phone," I picked up a BlackBerry 7520 on one of my $10/mo friends & family plans. It was a huge clunker with terrible battery life and 19kb/sec data speeds ... but it was my first smartphone and I loved it. I still remember people being surprised to learn I could check and respond to email instantly from my hip – and use PTT on the same device!

    As for phones I've bought with my own money ... man, so many. From 2003-2012, I was buying a new phone at least once a year, and some years I hit 4 or 5. Eventually it just made more sense to get a job where I could use a lot of phones without paying for them.
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    02-22-2017 10:01 PM
  3. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Motorola back in the nineties
    Always paid with my own money
    02-22-2017 10:54 PM
  4. Ry's Avatar
    Nice!

    Thanks for the reply!

    How did the nostalgia for Motorola grow?
    02-22-2017 10:55 PM
  5. MrMobile's Avatar
    I feel like it was one of the first mobile phone companies I was really aware of. The V60 was hot business when cellphones were becoming a "thing," and it was backed up by a pretty aggressive ad campaign ("HELLOMOTO!"). Plus, Nextel was big in my market growing up, and it was kind of hard to ignore those "walkie talkie phones," all of which were made by Motorola at the time.

    Once I started working for Nextel it snowballed from there – and the RAZR/SLVR/PEBL/Q era kept me interested thereafter. Every time I'd sort of fall off on Motorola, they'd do something else interesting: Moto Droid in '09, Droid X in '10 ... even the Photon Q for Sprint was pretty cool. But it was with the release of the first Moto X that the company really earned my love. That phone, and the Moto X 14, were the best damn phones I'd ever used. I still power up my '14 on occasion and I'd still use it today if the camera were better. What a beauty.
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    02-22-2017 11:08 PM
  6. stmax's Avatar
    I think my first cell phone was a Nokia... But I remember getting the Motorola Startac ... That was awesome .

    First smartphone was the Kyocera 7135. I was a Palm fanatic. Started with the Palm IIIc and moved on from there.

    02-22-2017 11:17 PM
  7. MrMobile's Avatar
    Oh dude, one of my college professors had the 7135 and I was envious af. Loved the callerID atop the casing and the antenna with the loading coil up top. That whole thing just screamed badass.

    Later I wanted its Sprint equivalent, the SPH-i500, but I never got around to putting the $600 away for it.
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    02-22-2017 11:32 PM
  8. Ry's Avatar
    I've got that same fondness for Motorola.

    I started off with a Sony Zuma with Verizon (Airtouch? GTE? Pre-Verizon days).

    But then:

    Motorola V200 - looked like a pager, full QWERTY. Needed to use a headset or all calls would be speakerphone. This was like three years before "quick messaging" phones were a thing.

    Motorola T720c - the CDMA variant. I wish it was able to use the camera attachment that was available for the GSM models worked. Still - Moto Mods? You could swap the plates with and flash firmware for the T730 to update it.

    Motorola V710 - controversial because it had Bluetooth but not the profiles to transfer files. Did have a "TransFlash" slot though.

    Motorola E815 - essentially the EVDO update to the V710. I remember tethering my (monstrous) Toshiba Qosmio laptop during my college days for fast internet. lol.

    Motorola RAZR V3c - being a Verizon customer, the RAZR craze came a bit late but yeah it still felt cool to own.

    Motorola RIZR Z6tv - hello MediaFLO.

    ...Then on to smartphones.
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    02-22-2017 11:47 PM
  9. stmax's Avatar
    Oh dude, one of my college professors had the 7135 and I was envious af. Loved the callerID atop the casing and the antenna with the loading coil up top. That whole thing just screamed badass.

    Later I wanted its Sprint equivalent, the SPH-i500, but I never got around to putting the $600 away for it.
    The caller ID on top of the holstered phone was genius.
    02-23-2017 06:40 PM
  10. LuxuryTouringZone's Avatar
    My first cellular phone happens to be a Motorola.
    02-23-2017 07:26 PM
  11. pkcable's Avatar
    My first was a BlackBerry 7290!
    02-26-2017 07:23 AM

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