From Tin Cans to Touchscreens: The 40 Most Important Phones in History

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loondawg

This was probably a lot of people's first phone. (Plus it's got life in that it's a fun project to hack an old one into a working phone)

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gbucknell

You forgot one of the most important phones in TV History.   More important than Batman's, Get Smart's, Fred Flinstone's, and Mike Brady's phone was the phone use by Captain Kirk on Star Trek.  That communicator directly predicted AND influenced the creation of the cell phone universe that we all now live in.

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gooberp

You'd think that since 1948, AT&T's cell network would have been upgraded at least a little since the days of it's first radio car phone.  Based on my experience, it's not any different.

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Queenof1

this was a great article! Brought back memories of my Strawberry Shortcake intercom phones :)

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The Relic

Heh, I remember we had one of the Model 500 rotary phones back when I was a kid (this was the 60s and 70s). I still have one here (though unused; my desk phone is a replica Nick and Nora Charles phone).

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Bizarre

wow, some hatin' for the RAZR! In my opinion a black V3 is still one of the cooler phones out there, and if you don't count spart phones, among the coolest. It hasn't aged much, and is still one of the thinnest phones out there, probably because it was the first to reach the reasonable limit of thin-ness in a non-flexible mobile device.

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Slugbait

Personally, I was looking forward to seeing what would be written about the Nokia 8110...

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kevintanner800

Why is the Iphone in there twice? the Iphone was/is not game changing, the only thing it did is prove how many retards are alive in the world.

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williezzy

Because one is the iphone and the other is the iphone 3gs.

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festiva_man

Good article but the see transparent telephone was always my favorite.  I loved seeing the inner workings of things like that.

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jbelkin

That ubiquitous infomercial started people realizing that a phone did not need to be square or rectangularly shaped AND that a phone could be cheap - so cheap it's a free giveaway ...

Did the 1990's Nokia you showed had the changing faceplate?, I think that was a game changer also ... the Nokia candybar phone? 

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tri8gman

I don't really see Apple slogans and "power user" being appropriate in the same paragraph.

 Apple doesn't market to Power Users. :P

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ushim6

It's perfect for me. I'm in a family plan, still have 1.5 years of contract left, so I just bought the danged thing. No need for a data plan since I'm on campus all the time, blanketed in wifi, and AT&T can't make me since it's unsubsidised.

 I may get data sometime in the future, but honestly it's only on the road I miss the data connection, but I always do have SMS to make me feel more connected.

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CTskifreak

Did you really spend the crazy unlocked price through Google??

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JoetheMobster

creepy, when I was a child the family phone was just like that Western 500 rotary phone...and my mother had it on a doiley that looked exactly like the one in the photo!

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SpazzAttack

Still using my Motorola V3M.  I very rarely text, so I don't need a full keyboard. Mine has the extended battery, so I don't need to charge it often.  And it still makes phone calls, too!!!

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Pball1224

First Car phone at $15, a bargain by today's standards? Uh, did inflation cross your mind? $15
in 1948 is equivalant to $135 today. I don't call that a bargain.

Oh, and the Western Electric 1500 (touchtone) is nearly IDENTICAL to the phone on my desk at work, except mine is black, and includes a volume knob on the handset. The whole office of ~2800 employees uses them. I can hear the gasp as this is read. But it does exactly what I need it to do... make phone calls.

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davisman123

I was surprised that the NGAGE wasn't on this list. While it wasn't the greatest phone or game system, it was way ahead of its time in terms of combining both worlds. It deserves a place on this list.

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deadsolid

Where is the fucking Banana phone???

 

Why are there two iPhones on the list?  Apple didn't do shit with the 3Gs. 

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Danthrax66

the iphone is a useless piece of crap just like all apple products.

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bigm0ney13

where's the HTC HD2??

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deadsolid

Outdone by the HTC EVO.

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greencpu

no football phone?!?!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWtx9JwNzmY

 

 

FOR SHAME

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excelguru

Damn, you beat me to it on the football phone.

 

And what about E.T.'s wind-powered, saw-blade phone with the umbrella antenna? I mean, that damned thing could reach OUTER SPACE, for crying out loud! How cool was THAT!?

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Queenof1

Don't forget the speak n spell 

best.phone.ever

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Paul_Lilly

Damn, can't believe I overlooked E.T.'s homebrewed phone. Very nice suggestion.

-Paul Lilly 

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