Believe it or not, when the first mobile phone arrived in Britain back in 1985 it would have cost you between £3000 and £7500 in today’s money on the UK network.
Not only was the cost of the phone really high so were the exorbitant call charges that went with it so this made the first mobile phones play-things for the rich and famous, just like the car-phones had been back in the 70’s.
Even if you could afford one of the earliest hand portables you couldn’t find one in any of the upmarket shops of the West End, you had to buy them from one of the few specialist businesses that advertised in the classified sections of the national papers.
Synonymous with the Yuppie the first, classic bricks were sold as being ‘lightweight,’ and ‘compact’ that could be carried easily in a briefcase, handbag or pocket. One of the most prized of these today is the Motorola 8000X which will sell today for upwards of £2000 and is probably worth more than back in the day when you could actually make a call with them. Today they are simply and expensive desk ornament since the analogue networks are switched off.
Today, we have come to rely on our mobiles for so much more than making a call or texting a friend, with the majority of us now owning a smartphone and to lose it or have it stolen is a minor disaster.
In fact, many of us now use our smartphones in place of our desktops and laptops with sales of both declining as more and more move to mobile use for browsing, shopping, and entertainment like movies and gaming sites that offer all of our favourite games including instant win games which have transferred over to the smaller screen perfectly.
Of course, technology has advanced to the stage where we can expect to play our games with superior graphics, video clips and great audio to enhance our gameplay.
One could imagine how a smartphone would be received by the Yuppies of the 80’s, but that is a bit like daydreaming of winning the lottery. The 80’s were the start of the mobile revolution, and we would not be where we are today without those ‘bricks’.