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, 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: via GigaOM



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

A very nice article. Kudos to, 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!

2. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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. . .

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 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

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

5. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 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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