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This infographic shows how expensive cellphones once were and how affordable they are today

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This infographic shows how expensive cellphones once were and how affordable they are today
This infographic shows how expensive cellphones once were and how affordable they are today
This infographic shows how expensive cellphones once were and how affordable they are today
Well, folks, time for another neat infographic that takes us on a journey through the history of cellphones. This time, we are taking a closer look at how expensive and humongous the very first units were, and how slim and affordable today's handsets have become.

The infograpic, courtesy of Savings.com, starts with the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, which debuted in the distant 1982. It weighed 2 pounds, it was over a foot long in height, yet carried the jawdropping price tag of $3,995. Fast forward 17 years in the future and we are introduced to the Nokia 6160, which was about 5.2 inches tall and could be yours for “only” $900. Interestingly, people liked the handset so much that it eventually got the title of most popular cellphone of the '90s. In 2002, about $400 is what one had to pay to own a Nokia 7650, which was pretty high-end for its time, and a top-of-the-line smartphone can be had for roughly $200 on-contract nowadays.

But enough talking and spoiling the fun. Feel free to explore the infographic in its entirety and get familiar once again with the cellphones that most of us have long forgotten. 

source: Savings.com via GigaOM

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posted on 19 Dec 2011, 08:02 1

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


A very nice article. Kudos to PhoneArena.com, I love the great reading you guys always provide.

It's cool to see how the mobile phone has evolved in the last 30 years. Imagine what phones will be like in 30 more years! All I can say is wow!

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 08:30

2. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


In the info-graphic it shows the improved battery life in 2020, man I'll kill a *(*&^*() to have that feature added by 2012. . .

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 09:18

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Yet i'm not from U.S so i have to pay for Full unlock price
e.g Samsung Galaxy 2 : $600
Samsung Galaxy Note : $820
Carrier contract don't even exist here

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 10:20 2

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


from 2007 on, its all about the android, baby. :)

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 12:10

5. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


You cannot say its "ALL" About Android from "2007" .. Till 2010 Android was reaching to the top .. If Android has the same market share in next two to three years then you can these words ..

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