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    Question Any Old Cell Phone Collectors Out There?

    A Message to Moderators: I originally posted this under the "Mobile Technologies/News/Investing/Issues" topic but it didn't get any responses. Either nobody cares or I posted it under the wrong topic. LOL. Anyway, please put this under the topic which you think appropriate and maybe it will get more responses. Thanks!

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    From the looks of the article in the link below there doesn't seem to many Mobile Phone Collectors and it might be a lucrative hobby collectingl old cell phones.

    Where are the Mobile Phone Collectors?

    One Collection

    By the way, Steve.G's avatar with the photo of the old mobile phone prompted me to research this on the web and ask the question. The earliest cell phone my family had was back in 1993 which was some huge cell phone in a leather carry bag which my wife bought. I think it was Motorola but I am not sure. I wish I had kept it because maybe it will become a collector's item. I recall hearing that the original IBM PC (one 5.25" floppy drive with no hard drive) is now considered a collectors' item as many owners tossed them long ago.

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    i have all of mine dating back to 93. a Nokia full 3 watt with its own battery. the first gen non bag phone. i also have verizons first digital offering. another Nokia the size and weight of a brick. i also have a qualcom that was was a first gen mobile web phone along with a first gen texting machine by LG the 330. ive got the first outer screen phone the LG 510. the first startac their first LG color phone the 4400. a v111 a vx10 an a930 a 6100 a Nokia Candy bar with changeable faceplate and some more modern ones. they all still work though most cant be activated anymore due to changes in digital communications
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    MountainBikerMark, you are a true collector! Doing a search on the web, I don't see many mobile phone collecting websites.

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    What a little search refinement will do!!!!

    Vintage Cell Phones

    http://www.retrobrick.com/

    First Cell Phone Commercial

    Steve.G? LOL

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    The Motorola DynaTac 8000x



    The worlds first mobile phone was the Motorola DynaTac 8000x. It went on sale in 1983 in the US at the staggering price of $3995, and despite the price tag, was an instant success and had waiting lists of up to six months! It was followed in 1987 by the 8000s and in 1990 by the 8000m. These phones are all analogue.

    Because these were the first truly mobile phones, they are amongst the most collectible and therefore amongst the most expensive.
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    Dr. Martin Cooper

    "Dr Martin Cooper, a former general manager for the systems division at Motorola, is considered the inventor of the first portable handset and the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone in April 1973. The first call he made was to his rival, Joel Engel, Bell Labs head of research. Cheeky.

    Consumers were so impressed by the concept of being always accessible with a portable phone that waiting lists for the DynaTAC 8000X were in the thousands, despite the initial $ 3,995 retail price."

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    im not a collecter i am a packrat. i just never got around to disposing of them and try them out every now and then to keep the batteries alive. the Nokia battery no longer works but its 15 years old NICAD so its expected. i didnt mention the microtacs as they are a dime a dozen. both flip and non flip. this Dare will join the atttic filler some day too.

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    biker, do you know if the Motorola DynaTac 8000x is rare?

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    probably is now since it was carried by Zac all over on that 80s sitcom about a bunch of spoiled kids from Ca iin high school. dont remember thename but it had Zac,Screech and a bunch of other dated 80s dorks. the stereotypical high school years sitcom of its day. people probably equate that phone with things they wish to forget about the 80s and trashed it lol

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    Cool

    That's silly we all know who really came up with cell phones
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGyQVO62QM0

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    Not a Dare thread.

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