Remembering My First Cellphone

I remember the first cellphone I ever used. It was at my first job out of college back in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1988. It was called a "lunchbox" cellphone because that's essentially what it looked like. But we still thought it was cool.

 

I remember the first cellphone I ever used. It was at my first job out of college back in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1988. It was called a "lunchbox" cellphone because that's essentially what it looked like. But we still thought it was cool.

Back in the 80's you really didn't have a cellphone unless it was associated with your job. My how times have changed. A new report says a growing number of children are becoming a part of the cell phone nation.

According to national data from Chicago-based C&R Research, 58 percent of children ages 12 to 14 had a cell phone last year. That's nearly triple the amount of kids that age that had a cell phone in 2003. As for children ages eight to eleven, C&R found 26 percent had a cell phone last year, compared to just seven percent in 2003. Of course that would have been 0 percent in 1988!

Today, cellphones are more like handheld computers...they can do just about everything.

For better or worse...It really has been amazing to see those rare, big and bulky cellphones of the 80's evolve into the sleek necessity they are today.

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