How old is your oldest cell phone?

old nokias - 90s models of nokia cell phones
@mommyboo (13198)
United States
August 10, 2008 9:28pm CST
When did you buy your first cell phone - what year? I was getting out old photos to scan last week and I found my original cell phone, bought in 1997! I think I had one prior to that, it was bought in 1995. How old is yours? Did you buy one when they were huge? This one I found is a Nokia but it is bigger than my landline handsets! My four year old didn't even realize it was a CELL PHONE lol!I think it's like analog or at the best, dual band, it has no bells and whistles, no camera, no internet, probably no texting features, there was no such thing as all access, if I wasn't in my home calling area, there were roaming charges. Look at what changes in 10 years!
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@arkaf61 (10884)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
I recall hubby having one around 1977 too. It was also a nokia and it was about the size of my land line handset. It was black and it was... well just a phone , nothing else :) For some reason he ended up giving it to me - Oh I remember he got one from work. It is true that there have been many changes, in everything from size, to all the features added to the telephones now, but to be honest that one fit more with my idea of what a cell phone should be than the ones now. OK... the ones now look better, I give you that LOL
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Tell me you meant 1997 not 1977, right? LMAO! I was like 3 years old in 1977 and I'm not even sure cordless landline phones existed much less anything like a basic cell phone, or even a car phone.
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@arkaf61 (10884)
• Canada
12 Aug 08
LOL yep, sorry I didn't notice what my fingers were typing, I do mean 1997 not the other way hehehehe I think that even those big ones for cars weren't around in 77 - of course I might be mistaken, but I think that even those came later.
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• Malaysia
11 Aug 08
i first got my phone in 1999 so that's like 9 years ago, wow!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Long time, isn't it? LOL! it would not feel so long if technology hadn't changed so much in just that small slice of time. A 9 year old is not old, but think of what people say about a 9 year old car or tv, a 9 year old cell phone or computer. That's right! Time to replace it!
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• Sweden
11 Aug 08
My old cellphone is 7 months,and i have a plan to buy new one soon..
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Hehe.. 7 months is not old. I'm talking 11 years or more difference in mine!
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@rosedust82 (2075)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
Lol... I had to laugh while reading this because I remembered the first "cellphone" my parents ever got me. It was a Nokia 909 if I'm not mistaken. They gave it to me around 1995 as well. Lol. It was definitely not colored. Texting wasn't even an option. It wasn't even invented. Lol. Then who can forget the antenna... Haha! Had to put it up whenever I had to make a call. Backlight was greenish yellow. Then nokia made the 5110... What a craze that was. Definitely better than bringing around the huge block of technology... and then the rest, they say, is history...
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Oh yes, the antenna lol! I think the phone I got in 95 was an ericsson, that sounds familiar. It was silver, had a very small display that looked like a large digital watch display - greenish backlight, black numbers. My daughter already thinks that old Nokia is a toy, or a reject house phone.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
11 Aug 08
My oldest cell phone that we are still using in 3 years old. I get a new phone every time my contract is renewed and my old phone becomes my insurance policy in case anything happens to my new phone. I have not had to replace other than trading out my old phone. I have saved the cost of a new phone many times over by nop paying for insurance.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I purchased ins on mine only because I intend to keep this one forever - or as long as it is realistic and economical and remains user-friendly. It has all of the features I use regularly and I can't see it getting outdated, at least not within 5-6 years time. At that point I might have to consider a replacement if technology has advanced way past.
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@curious888 (1213)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 08
My oldest cell phone was a Nokia, it was bought about 10 years ago. It could only used for making call and receiving. Even my son doesn't want to use it, he wants a latest model.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Nokia has been around forever, hasn't it? LOL!
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@buzzmaker (631)
• India
11 Aug 08
The current cell phone I am using is Nokia 6610 and it is almost 5 years old. It is still functioning very well and I think it still has a long way to go :) I think I can use it for another 2 or 3 years more. I am thinking of getting a iphone when it launches here, but if I don't change the phone, my current phone will definitely see the year 2010.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
My last Nokia was similar I think. I bought it in 2007 and had it till June of this year when I replaced it. One of the reasons was it was not bluetooth compatible, another reason is that I wanted a full keyboard.
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Hi mommyboo! I got my first and only cell phone about 3 years ago. It is one of those ancient Nextel Boost phone. My X-boyfriend was moving to Texas and decided he wanted to use the chirop for $1 a day. He didn't put a dime on it after he bought me the damn money sucker. So now I am not even with him anymore and I still have the phone. I no longer use the chirp and only use the phone for emergencies. I'm not working right now so I don't have the money to get a new phone with a plan and I have a landline phone in my apartment.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Those are the walkie talkie ones, correct? I used to think those were really cool a few years ago but I never went with Nextel for a service provider. I probably would not get the benefit of the feature anyway, I think the walkie feature is designed to chat with someone regularly without using airtime, hubby and I use text back and forth or I call him at home. I have tmobile so I have free numbers, and most of my calls are to and from those free numbers. I rarely have to worry about my minutes pool unless I've been getting a lot of calls from other people within a month.
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• China
11 Aug 08
I have a Siemens cellphone from 2004. That is my oldest one. I like it very much. But now, there is no cellphone with Siemens brand...
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I didn't realize they stopped making them. Are/were they manufactured in another country?
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
My first cell phone was in 1997 at the age of 14. Yes maybe at that time I was a bit young to have a cell phone but my parents always wanted me to feel safe if I was walking home by myself at night. I can honestly say I didn't care for the cell phones at that time. It didn't even have text messaging. With the phones and what they have available today is just amazing to see how far the cell phone actually came.
• United States
11 Aug 08
lol i remember those days! my aunt had one that was a car phone type that you carried around or something so you could talk on the phone in the car.. my first cell phone was in 2001 and it was a cricket with a very limited usage area.. i usually dont keep (as in use) a cell for more than 2 years since i get a new one every time we renew our contract..
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I remember those car phones. Gosh they were huge, the handsets anyway. They were attached with a cord to something else, some sort of bag or base which plugged into an adapter in the car lol. My original service was AT&T wireless (before it became the giant it is now) and it was very limited, I think I got like 60 minutes a month with no rollover, no extras, and anything outside my home area code or 'calling area' was roaming and I got charged more. No such thing as free numbers, free nights or weekends, and long distance was a charge to be feared lol. I upgraded my phone recently but I don't think I will again. I plan to just keep this one even when my contract is up and i'm on month to month again. I might as well keep the contract, I have always said what is the point of not having one, I would never have a cell and no service lol.
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@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
Honestly, my cellphone did not stay for me too long. Because it is either my nephews or nieces asks for it, other relatives does. That is why, when i have a money and my cellphone is gone, I buy the latest model.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Ah but what year did you buy your first ever?
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• Canada
11 Aug 08
my first cell was actually 4 years ago so i was a little behind times lol. it was the cheapest u could get and basically fell apart on me within a year :( oh well i got hooked up and got a better one instead. of course, i only wish the bill for this thing wasn't out of this world!
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@NrgDfenZ (1810)
• Belgium
11 Aug 08
Hi there The first one I bought was a nokia 3210 xD don't remember when I bought it.. Long time ago for sure :D Have a good day..
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@venkygec (783)
• India
11 Aug 08
Hey!!! I have only one cell phone... And that is the oldest onw i have... And thats is the oldest type of cell among my friends also... he he I have Nokia 3315 Model.. I had bought it in 2004... And its been 4 years old... Only the battery is giving some problem now... It loses its charge very fast... And I have no intensions of changing my cell phone also......
@shana123 (2096)
• India
11 Aug 08
cell phone - new ell phone
i got my first cell phone in 2005 and then i saled it to someone.. and i brought two to three cell phones after that so by now my oldest cell phone would be 3 years old.. actually my dad got me a second handed cell phone as i was new to use a cell phone when i was in school.. he was afraid that i would break or lose it so he trained me with the older one and got me a new one as soon i completed my school.. it was just in 6 months i got my new cell phone it was kyocera's brand then i got Nokia cell phone 3120 model.. and now im currently using 6600 which i have a plan to change it because i want to buy some new bran of cell phones....
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@clarizz (354)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
i bought my first cell phone last 2004. that was december. i am realy fascinated with that phone coz its still in good condition and no repairs inside out... it is realy big! LOL... now i keep it in a cabinet beside the gd55 panasonic phone (imagine how small it is and its beside a huge phone! LOL i think the old phones are more tougher than the new ones... thats a good thing for me. i now have a 5 different phones and 1 is a pda. i dont want to sell them this are valuable to me.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I don't have all the phones any more. My daughter threw away one of them, the samsung, err.. one of the samsungs. The kyocera is somewhere around here, I also have spotted my husband's old LG flipphone. My old Nokia is in my car or in a drawer with the charger, it could be used but it would need a new sim card. I transferred my sim card to the phone I'm using now since it had all the info stored on it. I never considered selling the phones, they are older and not worth the trouble of selling. I might recycle a few of them if someone could get use out of them.
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@pitstop (5396)
• India
12 Aug 08
I lost my cellphone a couple of months ago and am presently using an old Nokia phone. I think its about 8 years old!!
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Aug 08
I'd say around the same time that you got your first one. yep it was huge. I got a deal on it through the automobile club and it lived in my car and I only used it for emergency calls. Little did I know that cell phones were going to evolve into cameras, and computers, and game consoles, and alarm clocks, etc. etc.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
I bought my first cell phone in 1999. It was a Nokia and it was huge. I was stationed in North Dakota and thought I was hot stuff with my new, cool phone. I still have that big thing............for laughs only. It's amazing how technology has changed and we keep spending more and more money to keep up with the changes. Since 1999, I've purchased 4 new cell phones.
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