Kits Phones

Two of the first cell phones the author owned, and two of his most recent phones. How mobile tech has changed (and gotten heavier, ironically)!

Patrick's phones

Reader Patrick Hogan shared his 20 year vintage Nokia handset, alongside the phone his mother currently uses.

[Twitter user PHogan]

Stanley's phone

Stanley Collado shared his circa-2008 Samsung slider phone.

[Twitter user stancollado]

Michael's phone

Michael McNeeley's first phone was an LG--reminding us of the clamshell photo-phone era, when snapping a pic was more awkward than it is today.

[[Twitter user mtmjr90]]

Michael's phone

Twitterer @shivbharathy's first phone, which lasted more than a year. A classic, simple Nokia design that reminds us busted screens are nothing new!

[Twitter user shivbharathy]

Ben's phone

Ben Randall sent us this pic of his first mobile phone: a "proper brick." The evolution of battery technology is one of the most amazing, and forgotten, aspects of cell phone development.

[Twitter user benrandal]

Diana's phone

Diana de Reznor's very first phone--a Motorola. Check out those "send" and "end" buttons. What did they do again?

[Twitter user DianadeReznor]

Paul's phones

Paul Coulton shot some photos of vintage phone gear at Nokia's HQ...and reminds us how pivotal Nokia was for so many generations of cell phone tech.

[Twitter user MysticMobile]

40 Years Ago Today, The First Cell Phone Call Was Placed

April 3, 1973: the day the first cell phone call was placed--on a huge Motorola device. Mobile tech has evolved a lot in four decades.

When Martin Cooper stepped outside the Motorola offices on April 3rd, 1973, to call an acquaintance at a rival company, he could boast, quite accurately, that he was making a call from the street on the "first 'real' cellular telephone."

Though the hardware Cooper was carrying was revolutionary, it had very little to do with the slab of 21st-century magic in your pocket today.

Motorola's first commercial handset, the DynaTAC 8000x, arrived 10 years after that first call . The device was shaped like a brick. The battery was large and inefficient...and it cost $3,500.

Clunky as the first analog cellular phones were, they changed the world--and have evolved into much more than just speaking devices. Considering the amount of other things for which we we usually use them--email, text messaging, games--in addition to voice calls, it may even be time to reconsider the name "phone." And, of course, wearable tech like Google's Glass may foreshadow how mobile tech will evolve in the near future.

Here at Fast Company, we've owned a variety of phones over the years, and we bet you have, too. Some of you were kind enough to share your photos over Twitter with us--which gives us a fascinating, personal peep into 40 years of cell phone tech.

Got photos of your old mobile phones? Upload them it the comments section below!

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  • sethy

    Yes, I actually use this phone today. (but in my own defense, it still offers a fantastic reflection ;)

    Purchased in Armenia, 2013
    Seth Yumich