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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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    In the early 90's I had a bag phone. I'm not sure if it's the same as the lunchbox you're talking about. Mine was about the size of a large hand bag, it worked pretty well, the biggest complaint I had with it was it cost about 3 or 4 times as much to make a call on it as it did my house phone. I think Dave and I are around the same age, I'm 42 and remember well 8 tracks, manual typewriters, Capt. Kangaroo and I still work on my own car...Howdy Doody was a bit before my time though.
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    I too had a "lunchbox" cellphone and I thought I was walking in high cotton. And I have to say, I believe that the reception was better with that bag phone. I still have mine and if I could get it turned back on again, it would stay in my car at all times. God Bless the bag phone!
  • by Gene Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Guess your not old enough Dave to remember transitor radios, 8 track tapes, manual typewriters, working on your own car, Howdy Doody Time or original episodes of Captain Kangaroo.
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