My mobile life

by Nick  

We were talking in the office a little while back about mobile phones, and I started to try to work out what phones I've had. I was kind of surprised how quickly you forget. So, for posterity, here's the list:

  1. Motorola mr30
    Back in the day this boasted "an astounding 40 hour battery life", support for fax and data (up to 9600bps). "Also, for the first time with an Orange Motorola, the phone supports a proper battery life indicator." It could store up to 190 names and numbers. This would have been in around 1995, when I signed my first 12 month contract with Orange.
  2. Motorola cd920
  3. Ericsson T28s
  4. Nokia 8210
    Ah, properly dinky. Nice Nokia menus. Must have been around 2001?
  5. Ericsson T610
    Wow! Colour! 128x160 pixels! 2MB memory! This was the state of the art in July 2003 (or at least heading in that direction). I left Orange after all these years, taking my number to Vodafone. At the end of that contract, I got it unlocked at Banbury market and switched to a better contract with T-Mobile.
  6. Motorola RAZR V3
    Sticking with T-Mobile, I got an upgrade to this handsome little flip phone. Excellent design that (visually) stands the test of time in 2010.
  7. Nokia N73
    Big upgrade here, to something which probably just about counts as a smartphone. I got it on the 3 network, who were excellent, until I tried to leave them, when they tried to invent all sorts of exit fees and notice periods which were never part of my contract. Grr.
  8. iPhone 3GS
    So, here I am now, with a phone that is a very welcome companion. I'll freely admit that I didn't buy into the iPhone hype for a couple of years - when I used the iPhone 2 I wasn't that blown away by it, and couldn't see much gain over the N73. But when the 3GS came out with the new OS, I compared it (specs, size, design and usability) to the N95, Blackberry and first gen Android phones, and the advantage was clear. So I bit the bullet, handed over the cash, and signed the contract with O2.

    I use it more as a pocket computer, calendar, map, and web tool than I do as a phone, but it's probably the mobile I've valued the most. It's got 16GB, 95 apps across eight screens, and the same phone number I started with 14 odd years before.

(Edit 8 Feb - managed to forget the RAZR!)

1 comment

Comment from: Julie O'Brien
Julie O'Brien


You sad person! Mind you, back in the day I used to work for a car phone installer and they even used to mend them. All gone by ‘92.

25/11/10 @ 20:15