Cell Phones Turn 40


So, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cell phone on April 3.  As I thought about this, I realized that I was part of the cross over generation with cell phones.  People really didn’t start to get cell phones until I was in college, we never had them in high school.  You only had a cell phone if your business had one or if you were economically wealthy.

I honestly do not know how I functioned in high school without a phone.  I’m so connected now.  Today, I have information at my fingertips with the internet on my iPhone, but during high school all we had was the internet on desktop computers.  I don’t know how I stayed connected with my friends or knew anything about what was going on in the world.  I don’t know how I managed to call my parents to check in when I was going to be late getting home from work or sports practice.

I can also remember having an answering machine and land-line phone in my first dorm room at college.  In between classes, you would race back to your room to check your messages.  By this time though, e-mail was becoming more common, so most of the time friends would send an e-mail because everyone at school was always in front of a computer.  The computer labs were always very busy.

I can remember when I purchased my first cell phone.  I was 20 years old and the phone was from Bell Atlantic Mobile on an analog network.  Digital didn’t exist at the time.  The phone was exclusively for calling, text messaging and mobile internet didn’t exist on the phone.  My first phone was a Nokia 918, pictured below.  Shortly after getting my first phone, Bell Atlantic Mobile became Verizon Wireless.

Share your story with me.  What did you do before you had a cell phone?

Nokia 918, Bell Atlantic Mobile