Holy cow, how time goes bye... Today - 10 years ago - I got my first GSM phone. It was the Orbitel TPU 900 GSM portable which had a stand-by time of approximately 8 hours and a talk time of something around 30 minutes. :-) Wow, I remember when I left "Hoyer's Telefonzelle" (the store where I subscribed for a 12 months contract with DeTeMobil D1 - better known as T-Mobile today) with this brick and I was so proud to became "truly mobile". That time, no one was talking about GSM 900, 1800 or 1900 - we had GSM only (which was working on 900 MHz) and a coverage which was far away from "truly mobile" and International Roaming between a handful of countries (like today, 10 years later with GPRS).
Below you see my first GSM phone from Orbitel, a British manufacture who is out of the business for a long time now and on the right a coverage map from Germany which isn't one from that days but today. That days it was something 1/4 from the dark blue areas; only congested areas was covered and if you was lucky some parts of the highways between this areas also.
Also that time the GSM devices worked with 8 Watt instead the 2 Watt for GSM 900 mobile phones today (GSM 1800/1900 is using a maximum of 1 Watt). An interesting fact - most people don't know about it - is, that GSM was planned as a car phone network only and therefore it was planed for 20 Watt terminals! However, the carriers realized pretty soon, that car phones will not get that attention then mobile phones and therefore the networks was redesigned to be used with smaller terminals with less Watt also!
All this is history today since we are talking about 3G and even 4G but it makes me happy anyhow that I'm 10 years now part of the industry and finally the phone above was my first wireless device and everything started with it. :-)
Below you can see some of the cell phones which escorted me during these days and might be some of my personal milestones on the way to today's ultra portable and mobile terminals.
From left to right: Motorola 3200 - my first real mobile phone, Nokia PT11 (here the E-Plus version - hell, I lost my Nokia 2110) my first data enabled mobile phone, Ericsson GH 388 - my first SMS phone, Siemens S25 - my first WAP phone, Nokia 6210 - my last company phone ;-), SonyEriccson T68i - my first MMS phone, Orange SPV - my first Smartphone 2002.
Cheers and happy anniversary ~ Arne
PS: I'm still customer at the same company (Talkline) and I'm pretty sure that they don't have so many loyal customers but don't think I got anything from them for that anniversary...