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Geek Out: Find Your First Cell Phone!

This week marked the 20th anniversary of the mobile phone and glam sugar had the fantastic idea that we should all share our first cell phone.

While I sadly can't recall or find a photo of my first cell phone, it was a chunky Nokia that looked a bit like the one at right. It was at least twice the thickness of the iPhone and housed a humongous battery. Chic or not, I loved it. It was an extreme upgrade from my pager (yes, I had a pager!) and meant I had a new kind of freedom and accessibility.

Do you remember the make and model of your first cell phone? Share it with us by finding a picture of it on the web and bookmarking it on TeamSugar. Make sure to tag your finds with "my first cell phone" and tell me why you bought it and what you liked about it. Then check back to geeksugar next week to see if I featured your picks.

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buffyrulez buffyrulez 9 years
i can't find, but it was simens C45
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 9 years
he he. my first cell phone was like two years ago. but in Navy.
Cadet Cadet 9 years
Haha, I was totally on the Nokia 5100 series bandwagon. I needed it, with a car like mine not having a way of calling AAA would've been suicide!
reese05 reese05 9 years
OMG..I can't believe I actually found my first cell phone! This brings back memories...gosh! that's a long long time ago..2001 or 2002 maybe..
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
I got my first cell phone a few years ago: motorola Then I got one with a camera: samsung Now the iphone!
histerius histerius 9 years
jhuck jhuck 9 years
My first cell phone was a Nokia back in 1999. They don't have it on the list posted above of old Nokia's so I can't really show it to you. It was a flip phone and it was a brushed pewter colour. It was awful looking now that I think of it. I was just happy to have a phone.
jimmalou1978 jimmalou1978 9 years
My first phone was a Nokia 6185. It looked a lot like the 5190 pictured above. I had it for 2 years, and then got another Nokia in 2003 for Christmas. I had it until 2005, which is when I signed up with Cingular. I currently have a Samsung SYNC, and I love it!
bejeweled1 bejeweled1 9 years
still don't have a cell phone yet!!!
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
ha ha krys, we used to call that phone "the peanut"
Phil Phil 9 years
*sigh* I miss my first cell phone. It was so simple, no schnazz, it just did what it was supposed to do - send and receive calls! It got the BEST reception and never failed on me. I still have the user manual. I <3 You Ericsson LX-677
dyskrasia dyskrasia 9 years
I just blogged about my first phone...and all the phones after it. D: Nokia 5190 Mine was the Nokia 5190, with an Emily Strange faceplate. It's similar to the image that dali137 linked above, so maybe we had the same phone.
Vivacious-One Vivacious-One 9 years
The Nokia pictured up there is my phone right now. :(
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i don't remember mine. motorola of some as you go. it was from 2001. my first and only cell phone. i rarely used it and haven't needed to do so since i got rid of it maybe a year later.
krystij krystij 9 years
About 2000, came with a blue and an orange gel cover that you had to pull over it like a glove. So ugly...I remember just wondering why I couldn't get a nice little Nokia with a snap on face plate...oy
dyskrasia dyskrasia 9 years I even had an Emily Strange faceplate on it!
ashxobash ashxobash 9 years i cant believe amazon still has it on their site. I got it about 9 or 10 years ago.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Macgirl, I'm glad someone found that link useful! I know I had to use it to find a pic of my first. :)
Lyv Lyv 9 years
I'm seventeen, and I got my first cellphone in 2002. A blue Nokia 2280! I hated it until I bought a little see-through plastic covering that made it actually cute.
quantazel quantazel 9 years
Yes, really (technically it was my parents' but I remember dragging that thing around in my school bag a number of times.).
mfern64 mfern64 9 years
Mine was in 1988 and was wires into the car. My husband had a bag phone, then the one that looked like and weighed as much as a cement brick. I don't know if I feel like digging up pictures.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
glam sugar thanks for posting that link I was having a hard time finding my first phone. Mine was so long ago they didn't have my actual model but one of the successors that looked just like it ;-) What a great post! I would love to see more of these "my first "
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
whole list of old nikias! cause that is what most people had. I had a nokia 3530 as my first phone
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
oh i still have mine and i will post a pic of it later! it is huge!!
jrebeccat jrebeccat 9 years
My cell history: a motorola microtac that I had to share (along with a red 1987 buick skyhawk) with my sister, then a Nokia 6160 with a green faceplate, then a Nokia 3100 (Ooo! flashing lights! vibrates to the music!), and now a sweet green pebl that I still love even after a couple of years
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