My first owned (not company provided) was a Motorola back in the last millenium, the old grey ones with the retractable black plastic antenna, flip open to reveal the white plastic buttons. had the glowing orange LED numbers like a TI calculator. Came with extra Ni-Cd battery packs and a charger. Sold it in a yard sale about 20 years ago. It was a cool phone that was a cordless landline phone at home and automatically switched to cellular service if I wandered out of range of the base station. Minutes were expensive back then. Had to buy the phone, $800 and a two year contract. Before the contract was up, Bell dropped support for the technology and it became an expensive cell phone only. Next time I moved it got tossed in a box, and I didn't bother getting another for a while.
The phone pictured is my second. Bought outright in 2001 while I was working for a company under contract to Rogers, climbing towers and hanging antenna and waveguide for the Revolutionary New GSM network being rolled out along the 401 corridor in Ontario. My wife insisted that I be contactable if I was going to be out on the road for a week at a time. Had a reloadable Rogers prepaid card at $0.25/min anywhere in Canada anytime, local or long distance. Which was fabulous.
After a year, Rogers changed the program - $0.25 for local calls and $1.00/minute for long distance. Ouch, bit of a shock. Tried to get it unlocked so I could shop around and was told no. Found another job, threw the phone in a box and didn't get another for a while..
My third phone was a shiny new Xperia Z - got run-ded over by a ( my 😠 ) jeep. 3 months in to a 3 year contract. Fixed the screen and lived with it for another year.
Finally let it die, migrated to a used Xperia M2 which I still have.
4 phones in 20+ years. Probably not average. Probably for good reason.
K. make sure I am where I wanted to be before I learned how to edit a post ... K. 😀
This isn't a phone. Back in the way back days when a cellphone was a mobile phone, you needed something else to do all the other stuff. We called them PDAs.
This is a Compaq Pocket PC "iPAQ". Complete with a Microsoft Mobile Office Suite.
Outlook, Excel, Word and even had Access for contact management.
Did everything a phone couldn't do.
Still no camera. But it was an important step along the way to the smartphones we take for granted today.
Just another piece of history from the bottom of a Rubbermaid tote that hasn't yet been consigned to electronics recycling.
I miss these phones (ref. Moto razor it was my second phone ever) my first one was a 10/4 phone, second generation (with a camera, in pink) (though it wasnt through fido) my first Fido phone was many years ago and it was when "Blackberry Pearl" came out...lol my oh my, how far technology came