In today’s age of super-smart phones, it is easy to forget how far we have come since mobile technology took off in these parts. I thought it would be some fun for us to go down memory lane and talk about our first mobile phones.
Mine was the Motorola T2288 Talkabout. It had a Monochrome display of 96 x 64 pixels, showing 4 lines of text. The built-in phonebook stored up to 100 entries and call records were limited to Call records 10 dialed, 5 received, 5 missed calls only.
Oh, its WAP 1.1 browser was cutting edge for 2001 too. So was the conspicous antenna that jutted up from one side of the top of the phone. Of course, there was no GPRS, so I could only browse via dialup after some relatively tedious setup. I remember using Mtech’s WAP settings then for my mobile browsing.
Need I mention too that the T2288 preceded the days of colour screens and removable memories? No pictures on the phone. no music player. No video player. No calendar. No FM Radio. No GPS. No everything else. It was a true mobile phone, nevermind the modern pretenders to the name.
I can imagine that if I was given a copy of the T2288 today to use as my primary mobile device for 24 hours, I would probably die of frustration before the trial period was over. I mean you could announce my obituary upfront and wouldn’t have to eat your words.
Still, the Motorola T2288 was my very first mobile phone and served faithfully for years. It was a faithful, rugged friend. I gave it out as a gift eventually and the new owner used it till its last ring.
What was your first mobile phone and what fond memories do you have of it? We will have a picture of the phone inserted in your comment when publishing it.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.