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Old 08-12-2010, 07:00 PM
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Default Win an AT&T Pantech C820 Matrix Pro

I'm not quite done with the Windows Phone Thoughts re-launch contest: next up is an AT&T Pantech C820 Matrix Pro (Check out my review here.). 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 dialling pad). It's locked to the AT&T network, so this contest is restricted to people living in the USA.

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.

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...

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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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Default First Phone

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 08-12-2010, 09:09 PM
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My wife and I got matching AT&T phones in ~1991-2 that looked like this:

Reception was crap in our area and whenever we'd be in a place where we might actually need one for the emergency purposes we bought them for originally ...
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:37 PM
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Default My first phone....

I had a Motorola/Nextel i1000. Talk about a Star Trek phone!
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:37 PM
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I had a Nokia 5120, which I really loved because it just simply worked and never seemed to have any hardware or performance issues.

You can find a picture of it on this "Nokia Timeline" at

The Pantech phone, with all its tech, would definitely be a quantum leap from that first phone.
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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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