This was the first Samsung cell phone ever

It is hard to think of Samsung without its broad portfolio of cell phones coming to mind. Year after year, the Korean tech giant has been launching dozens of new models, from entry-level, budget-friendly devices to high-end, premium smartphones. And they've been selling by the millions, bringing truckloads of cash straight into the company's bank account. Have you ever wondered how Samsung's mobile business got to this point? Have you ever wanted to know which phone started it all? Well, wonder no more.

It was around 1985 when Samsung built its first cell phone made for in-car use, the Samsung SC-1000. It wasn't exactly a success, however, as it was plagued by quality issues. So for what was going to become the company's first hand-held cell phone, Samsung invested 2 years in research and development. Also, the company's engineers used Motorola cell phones as benchmark devices.

This paved the way for the Samsung SH-100 to materialize. It was not only Samsung's first truly mobile cell phone, but also the first hand-held cell phone designed and manufactured in South Korea. It went on sale in Samsung's homeland in 1988, just in time for the Summer Olympics. To put things into perspective, Nokia had released only three cell phones by that time - the hand-held Mobira Talkman 450 and Talkman 900, as well as the Mobira Senator.

Alas, the Samsung SH-100 didn't make much of an impact on the market as it sold between 1000 and 2000 units. On the other hand, this must have been enough for Samsung to justify continuing the development of its cell phone business. Despite the low demand, Samsung continued to release new and improved cell phone models every year.


references: Wikipedia, Idnex.cz

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21 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good thing they kept at it. Look at em now. My first cell phone was a Tandy, from Radio Shack.

2. wilsong17 unregistered

Ifan be like apple made it first

7. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

More like iDiot.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was a stupid post, no need to flame.

18. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

u are a flame

15. 12700PakoimaPiru818

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

GD..what was the Point of ur Post Bruh??

3. mturby unregistered

I wonder if these phones and batteries used to die too soon, got hot, exploded in peoples hands all of a sudden or if couldnt hold charge just like is happening these days (almost 2015).

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Phones were made a lot better back then, at least the Motorola models. They'd probably cost around $2500 in 2014 dollars, but were built extremely well (in the US) using high quality materials. Of course, it was an analog world back then as well. After the death of analog, it would be years before there was equivalent coverage in many areas that converted to digital.

4. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I remember my first cell plan. It was $60/60min with $1.50/min for overage or roaming lol! My first phone was a motorola but I don't remember the model.

5. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

My first was a Philips Fizz (1998). Lots of memories.

8. rj_78

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Made me laugh on "plagued by quality issues " (though no issues with current flagship)

9. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

My first cellular phone was a bag phone (don't fermenter the make or model. It was huge, and the bill was like $50/month plus 10ยข per minute. Or something like that. That thing cost me a lot of money back when I didn't have much.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My homeboy still has his bagger from Motorola. It doesn't work anymore though. My first filp was the startac.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I can't remember my first flip, because I only had it about two weeks. The ATT salesman lied through his teeth about coverage and roaming, telling me my area was saturated and that there was no roaming charges within a 20 mile radius of my house. Turns out there was no coverage in most of my area, and when I went to cancel within the 14 day window, they hit me with over $100 in roaming charges, though I'd never been outside my home area. The ATT rep on the phone politely told me they weren't responsible for anything their salesmen told me. I politely told her I wasn't responsible for any charges. We argued for about half an hour, then she erased the bill. I've never gone back to ATT, and never will. Got an Audiovox candy bar phone from VZW. Well over 12 years later, I'm still with them. Their CS is very lacking, but their coverage can't be beat, and they don't fight much if I do run into an issue.

12. BobLawblaw unregistered

Mine was a Nokia 3310. Dropped it, kicked it, fell in a toilet, left outside overnight and still worked the day I sold it.

13. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My first phone was an LG that looked like a silver nutsack, wouldn't die either.

14. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Mine was a Nokia... something... it was actually quite "modern", but that's because I avoided mobile phones for the longest time.

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My first phone was a blue Nokia. Not sure what model it was but it was invincible. I wanted a motorola though. Never got the razr or Nokia N95 although I really wanted them. It wasn't until the GS2 where I was like screw it, just buy the phone you want without worrying about the price. Fortunately, I don't want iphones or I would have to change the price is no issue philisophy. Apple just mercilessly rips you off and their fans take it for some reason.

17. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Cellphone design before and after iPhone. Basically everybody went touch screen and left qwerty guys like with nothing to choose from. EVERYBODY stayed copying Apple

20. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Keep repeating that over and over and maybe you'll believe it one day.

21. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Through the mid to late 90s and early 2000's, Samsung and other korean manufacturers made some crazy phones relative to what was avaliable in the states. While we were wowing at the new polyphonic sounds, they had mp3 ringtones lol. The phones also had a lot of functions since they did not have app stores back then or a smart phone.

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