Believe it or not, when the first commercial mobile phone arrived in America and Britain in the mid '80s, it would have cost you around $4000 (£3000) to get your hands on one. For perspective that's about $9500 (£7000) in today's money.
Not only was the cost of the phone really high, the exorbitant call charges that went with them made the first mobile phones play-things for the rich and famous. On top of that, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X in 1984 took 10 hours to fully charge and lasted only for about 30 minutes of talk time.
Even if you could afford one of the earliest hand portables, you likely couldn’t find one in any of the upmarket shops. Most had to buy them from one of the few specialist businesses that advertised in the classified sections of the national papers.
We have come to rely on our mobiles for so much more than making a call or texting a friend, with the majority of us now owning a smartphone and to lose it or have it stolen is a minor disaster.
Of course, technology has advanced to the stage where we can expect to play our games with superior graphics, video clips and great audio to enhance our gameplay.
One could imagine how a smartphone would be received by '80s Yuppies, but that is a bit like daydreaming of winning the lottery. The 80's were the start of the mobile revolution and we would not be where we are today without those original brick phones.
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