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Old 08-12-2010, 07:00 PM
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<p><img src="" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>I'm not <em>quite</em> done with the Windows Phone Thoughts re-launch contest: next up is an&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Pantech C820 Matrix Pro</a>&nbsp;(Check out <a href="" target="_blank">my review here</a>.). It's a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1. I used one for a few months last year, and it's a surprisingly capable phone that's easy to use with the dual sliding input keyboards (the QWERTY keyboard and the 12-key&nbsp;dialling&nbsp;pad). It's locked to the AT&amp;T network, so this contest is restricted to people living in the USA.</p><p>Want to win it? Just post a reply to this post telling me what your first mobile phone was - make, model, or whatever you can remember. That's it! I'll randomly select one winner on Thursday the 19th of August at 12 noon GMT -7. One post per person, and you'll want to make sure you have forum private message notifications turned on, because that's how I'll be notifying the winner. The winner will have 72 hours to get back to me to claim the prize.</p><p>I'm looking forward to reading about a lot of ancient cell phones - bonus points if you can post a link to an image of your first cell phone...</p>
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:50 PM
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I looked on PhoneScoop for it, but couldn't find it. It was an old Motorola, sort of figure 8 shaped, with an antenna stub. The faceplace could be switched, I think I had a blue one and a white one.
My wife used it mostly, since she had a longer commute to work.
It was really had to hear very well, so we hardly ever used it.

Oh look! I'm first!

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Old 08-12-2010, 07:53 PM
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ATT SMT 5600. The old HTC Typhoon. I loved that phone.

6 years later, my father in law is still using it. No 3G, no Wifi, and a tiny little screen.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:31 PM
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Motorola MicroTAC 9800X (Analog) in 1990.
I do not remember the brand of the previous one but was mainly a phone to be used in the car, not a true portable one.

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Old 08-12-2010, 08:34 PM
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Motorola StarTac...

When I first saw that phone my Trekkie heart knew I had to have it


(Yeah! my 300th post to boot... That's got to be lucky)

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Old 08-12-2010, 09:02 PM
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I don't remember the model, but it was a bar phone with a B&W display that showed the phone number(s) and that was about it. Very simple... and it actually worked when making a phone call!
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:35 AM
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I can't rmember the model, but it was the big fat motorola (startac maybe) that had the small flip that uncovered the keypad. It was big, but the battery lasted for days.
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:41 AM
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I had the Motorola Startac(?). Big ol' brick that was only pocketable if you had those cool Docker's pants with the inside "technology" pocket.

I do NOT miss that thing. It was pretty indestructible, though.
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:39 AM
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Default Motorola StarTac

My first phone was the Motorola StarTac flip phone running on the AT&T network.

I thought I was big stuff having one of the smallest phones on the market. That thing would make the side of your face sweat if you talked more than two minutes on it. I think I was paying about $50 a month for only 250 minutes. I do not recall if text messaging was around back then. I really enjoyed that phone, as a phone that is. How times have changed in little over ten short years.
And yes, I have been with AT&T/Cingular/AT&T ever since I have owned a phone.
Anyway, this would make a great phone for my other half; she is not as techie as I am. She just wants a phone with a slide out keys to text with.

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Old 08-17-2010, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by cweeks View Post
...if you had those cool Docker's pants with the inside "technology" pocket...

Those would be the Dockers Mobile Pants and they were actually pretty spiffy for their time (circa 2002), especially among those of us geeks not wanting to go with the "Batman Tool Belt" look for carrying our phones, Pocket PCs, etc.

I have it on good authority that the famous Ed Hansberry was so attached to his beloved Mobile Pants that when the pants were discontinued he located six remaining pair in his size in stores within a 50-mile radius and purchased them all. He's probably wearing a pair even as we speak...

As far as my first mobile phone is concerned (It was a true "cellular phone."), I got it in 1995 and it looked something like this:

Don't let the low-res photo fool you, this baby was as high-tech as they came. Note, for instance, the..

**MULTI-line display, providing up to two lines of text and/or information
**Full color screen, including both BLACK and WHITE shades
**Full-function keypad, including buttons for sending, ending AND dialing
**Collapsing antenna for shortening the overall length of the phone from 10 inches to 8 inches
**Slimline battery which extended the phone's standby time to nearly 8 hours

In addition, do not be confused by the small size of the image. This phone was so nice and hefty that it was much more difficult to misplace than today's tiny, pocketable phones. In fact, I always knew exactly where my first phone was, because the only way I could carry it around was in my briefcase.
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