Welcome to our new column, #ThrowbackThursday! Here’s where every week, we’ll reminisce on technologies past and get hyped for future innovations to come. Today’s subject? The almighty cell phone.
Angela Leavitt, Founder & Chief Mojo-Making Officer, & her NexTel Walkie Talkie
I got my first cell phone in college when I realized it would be cheaper than the current long distance plan I was on through the university. I remember telling the sales guy my savings strategy and he responded saying, “Oh, you’ll find other uses for the phone, and you’ll be using all the time pretty soon.” I legitimately thought he was crazy. I couldn’t imagine any other use for the phone at the time. I picked the yellow Motorola with built-in walkie-talkie, even after the sales guy told me it was “really popular among construction workers.” Not sure what I was thinking there. I can only imagine how ridiculous I looked carrying a huge yellow brick phone around campus!
Justine Dolorfino-Thieman, Digital Strategist, & her Nokia 3310 Cell Phone
I borrowed my mom’s old cell phone on and off when I would stay at my dad’s house, but I didn’t get my first cell phone until 2000 and my mom needed to be able to coordinate with me in case she was running late to pick me up from school. Luckily, it was the classic Nokia 3310 that came with Snake, so I had an easy way to entertain myself while I waited for her. Not many of my friends had cell phones until approximately 2001-2002, so I didn’t do a lot of texting/calling until then, but once we started using them for private communications we never looked back.
Andrea McCarter, Project Coordinator, & her LG 5225 Flip Phone
After not being allowed to have a cell phone for years, my parents finally caved and got me a LG 5225 Flip Phone in 2005. I thought it was high-tech until I realized it didn’t have a camera and my screen was permanently saved to a picture of 3 (creepy looking) kittens that came pre-loaded on the phone. The memory that stands out to me the most about using it is when I accidentally flushed it down the toilet. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be trusted with another cell phone until about a year later.
Juliana Kenny, Content Manager, & her Motorola V120e Cell Phone
My first cell phone was a Motorola V120e, and my parents bought it for me circa 2002 for emergencies. It could make phone calls, but my mother watched the bill like a hawk because we paid for every minute, so I wasn’t allowed to talk to friends too much. I quickly discovered the phone could send text messages, and I tried to get in on the “texting during math class” cool factor, but my overriding nerd sense of responsibility as a student squelched that endeavor. My favorite memory about this phone was that I got a pale pink, shiny case for it, and it looked like a ballet slipper. I loved taking the case on and off the phone like Eeyore loved dipping his dead balloon in and out of the honey pot.
Tom Ladeau, Social Media Manager, & his Samsung Cell Phone
My first cellphone was actually my dad’s phone in 2005 that I would borrow to take to high school for emergencies. I’m not sure I ever actually used it. Luckily it was tiny and could fit in a backpack no problem. I also had a friend who had an even older brick style cell phone that he would throw at things randomly in an effort to prove its indestructibility. Despite throwing it at telephone poles and trees and things, he couldn’t put much of a dent in it.
What’s Your Throwback?
We want to hear about your Throwback technology! Leave a comment below to tell us all about your old cell phone!