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Cellphone? #30259 10/09/03 07:25 PM
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Trumpy Offline OP
Remember when the cellphone first came out in the early 80's?.
They looked like a black brick with a aerial sticking out of them!. [Linked Image]
Just wondering, what sort(brand and model) of cellphone do you guys use these days?.
I think that we have gone to the other extreme in phone size these days, the new phone that I got a few weeks ago, is a bit too small to hold in my hand.
But, the once touted "Yuppie-phone" is now, unfortunately an essential piece of equipment for most Trades-people these days. [Linked Image]

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Re: Cellphone? #30260 10/09/03 08:51 PM
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eesparx Offline
What's a cellphone? Got rid of mine three years ago & haven't missed it one bit. [Linked Image]

Did I mention I have an ocean-view cabin here in Colorado?

Re: Cellphone? #30261 10/09/03 09:19 PM
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Ryan_J Offline
Aah yes cell phones from the 80's...they weighed 10 pounds and costed $1,000, now they weigh 10 ounces and are free!

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Re: Cellphone? #30262 10/09/03 10:08 PM
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JCooper Offline
I will admit that I like to have the latest and greatest toys, my cell phone is one of them. I got one of those camera phones, the LG-VX6000 and its great, I have used it for work a few times, if a project manager has a question about something it is a lot easier to snap off a picture and it shows up in his e-mail inbox 30 seconds later than to take 20 minutes trying to explain why I can't mount an enclosure where he wants it. I am also keeping my eyes open for violations on the street.....

Re: Cellphone? #30263 10/09/03 10:16 PM
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George Corron Offline
I've run the gamut. Being tied closely to radios, I had a radio phone in the early 80's, got a "bag" cell ($1,100.00) mid 80's and gave them to about half my guys when in business.

The last 5 years it's been nothing but Nextels, FAR handier than a regular phone. Mine have always been a part of my job, and given to me by the people I've worked for, but I recently bought one and gave it to my son. He travels about a bit, and I use it for long distance since it's LOADS cheaper than the ole twisted pair.

Re: Cellphone? #30264 10/10/03 03:56 AM
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sparky Offline
I've the explosive model

Re: Cellphone? #30265 10/10/03 04:05 AM
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Trumpy Offline OP
Being a Hand-Held(2m and 70cm) Ham, the cellphone has taken away the "Secret Agent" aspect of the hobby.
With a guy talking into a radio transmitter, we used to have an element of espionage or spy-work. [Linked Image]

Re: Cellphone? #30266 10/10/03 06:42 AM
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Electric Eagle Offline
I'm a 2 cell phone guy. I've got a very small Nokia that I've had about 5 years. Also about 3 years ago I switch us over to Nextel, but couldn't give up my regular cell because too many people call that number. My Nextel is a Motorola i90.

My first phone was also a bag phone in the early 90's.

Thread Jack - Does anybody still use a pager?

Re: Cellphone? #30267 10/10/03 10:44 AM
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HotLine1 Offline
Hello there, how are ya???

My 1st cell was mounted in my van, set me back about $1K. Went thru a lot of handhelds since then, from the "original" Motorola flip to the Motorola V60i.

Just picked up a replacement V60i on monday. Broke the antenna last Fri, had an aftermarket installed Fri PM, & phone was useless since. (It also was ready for a new battery)

Instead of about $100 for batt & repairs, decided to take the $50 rebate and have a new one for $90.00 net.

BTW, I have AT&T, been with them a long, long time.


Re: Cellphone? #30268 10/10/03 11:18 AM
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Roger Offline
I go withn Eesparx, I carry a company supplied cell phone while at work and take it in my boat, (turned off) other than that I'm still happily living in the pre cell phone world. [Linked Image]


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