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What kind of phone were you using 10 years ago?

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by Chris Blount, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    With the evolution of phones its amazing what we were using around 10 years ago. I think I was on Sprint using one of their Samsung phones.

  2. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    It was about y2k, my first phone was a [strike]Nokia[/strike] Ericsson mini-brick with about a 2" antenna. The carrier was PacTel > Airtouch. The battery life sucked, but I bought spare batteries...

    The good old days.
  3. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    same phone I use now, Landline... was pulse dial then ($2.43 credit for non touchtone) :lol:
  4. Chuck W

    Chuck W Icon

    Mar 26, 2002
    A Nextel i1000 if I remember right. I actually liked that phone. It was solid as a rock, plus I do miss the Direct Connect(but not the lack of coverage).
  5. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    It was a Motorola flip phone the size of a brick. Only the bottom part flipped. I was on a .23 per minute plan through my work and very seldom used the phone. I had to pay a non-refundable $60.00 to my work so they could have a fund if employees did not pay their bill. I remember how mad I would get when I got a wrong number.
    I was on US West Cellular that changed to whatever was Verizon, before it was Verizon.
  6. brant

    brant Icon

    Jul 6, 2008
    I was using the motorola startac from alltel. paid around $400 w/ a 1-yr contract. They were so heavy and brittle, when dropped it would immediately shatter. Back then, you could walk in to alltel w/ a damaged phone and walk out 20 minutes later with a new one, no questions asked (if under warranty). i went through almost 20 of them in a 12 month period; i finally had to get something else because i was spending too much time at the replacement desk.

    apparently, i wasn't the only one swapping them out regularly, as they had a huge container at the replacement desk with what looked like a couple hundred unpackaged startac's every time i went in.
  7. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    It was 1989 when I used my first cell phone. My boss (owner of the company) at the time let me borrow his when we were moving into our home that we just built.

    Verizon could not hook us up for about a week after we were to move in because they were on strike, so he let me borrow his so we would have a phone in case of an emergency. It was a Motorola 'bag phone'.

    Here is a picture of what it looked like:

  8. brant

    brant Icon

    Jul 6, 2008

    That was also my first cell phone! it was a hand-me-down from my mom when i turned 16. I had the in-car mount for the handset, and kept that bag stashed under the seat of my truck.

    I went from that phone to the startac, and only because alltel refused to reprogram the bag phone when they changed our area code. no technical reason why could be given, only that it was "too old" to be updated.
  9. dmurphy

    dmurphy Active Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    I had a Qualcomm QCP-860 way back when ...


    Great phone - couldn't kill it!
  10. Mike Lang

    Mike Lang Administrator Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Nov 18, 2005
    Moto StarTac. It seemed hi-tech at the time. I had a belt holster too!
  11. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

    Jan 25, 2007
    Halifax, MA
    Land line from Verizon back then
    Land line from Comcast now

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