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How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?

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12 or under
  788 votes / 2%
13 - 15
  3833 votes / 10%
16 - 18
  7963 votes / 21%
19 - 21
  7193 votes / 19%
22 or older
  16429 votes / 43%
I don't own one
  1535 votes / 4%
37741 total votes.
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How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?

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  • The 1990s (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tsa (15680) on Monday January 07, 2013 @10:55AM (#42504703) Homepage

    I was 22 in 1992. You had the Nokia 1011 [] then. Far too expensive for a mere student. I got my first mobile in 1998; an Alcatel that could run on three normal batteries. []

  • Re:I'm old (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tverbeek (457094) on Monday January 07, 2013 @12:15PM (#42505727) Homepage

    I didn't have a cell phone until I was in my 30s. It was a combination of them not being available when I was a kid, and not wanting to have one of the damn things. I hate talking on the phone (and a can-you-hear-me-now cell phone even more so), so I had Zero incentive to carry one around with me. The only reason I relented and bought one (a prepaid dumbphone) was because I was on unemployment, and needed a way to call in for my weekly check-in appointment without being stuck at home or finding a payphone. Of course today (I'm... no longer in my 30s) my phone and I are almost inseparable, but that's only because my phone is now a computer with my calendar, notes, mail, web access, etc. You could remove the Phone app from it, and I'd be just as happy with it. Probably more.

  • by bjdevil66 (583941) on Monday January 07, 2013 @01:43PM (#42506845)

    Phones were still Gordon Gecko-only bricks for the well-to-do while I was finishing high school. Maybe a better question would've been, "What would've been the right age for you to get a cellphone?"

    If /. really wanted to have some fun and expose us as old, they could ask some better geriatric-exposing tech questions like:

    • * What's the best tool to wind back up chewed-up cassette tapes?
    • * How long do you boil your hot dogs on the stove?
    • * How many stamps have you licked in one sitting?
    • * Which joystick was the best?
  • by anyaristow (1448609) on Monday January 07, 2013 @02:01PM (#42507091)

    I was watching the 1976 movie Car Wash not too long ago and it wasn't until after the scene where the woman was talking on a car phone that it dawned on my what I'd seen. So I looked it up and found [checking again] the first handheld cell phone was demonstrated in 1973 and first commercially available in 1983. The first mobile calls from cars were made in 1946, and the networks they built in the following years were in use into the 80's.

  • by k6mfw (1182893) on Monday January 07, 2013 @08:29PM (#42512647)

    Although cellphones were available in 1980s, they were big and expensive but much easier to get than a IMTS (take a look at []). Pre cellular car phones used dedicated frequencies (meaning very few subscribers) and only the top stinking rich can get these. But then if you had a cellphone in 1980s (or early 1990s) you were The Man.

    I have a 1970s IMTS control head I got at a flea market 10 years ago (Bell System Property, Not For Sale), it's big and scary (god only knows what the trunk unit was like), it has a Model 500 handset, rotary dial, and a real bell (ding, ding, ding). I don't know when or ever I will have time to make it operational with a cellphone module interfaced with a pulse counter and other circuitry to interface and use it like a carphone. However, no room to put it in today's cars that have big divider down the center. But it would be uber cool just like Banacek and Cannon.

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