back to article Mobile mobile museum looks to chart the history of portable phones

A very-literally-mobile museum boasting over 2,000 exhibits is to go online and on the streets this year to show off the evolution of the mobile phone from 1984 to the present day - and its founders are looking for donations to fill a few gaps in the collection. "I've been collecting phones for more than 25 years. Over the …

  1. Little Mouse Silver badge
    Coat

    Hitting the streets...

    Are they popping up in a Mobile Phone Booth?

  2. Arthur the cat Silver badge

    I do hope …

    the mobile Mobile Museum will pay a visit to the new Northern Line extension's Battersea Power Station Station.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    we’ll be able to help people reminisce about the devices they’ve had over the years

    The sponsor will certainly help me reminisce about the terrible customer service I've had over the years.

    1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
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      Re: we’ll be able to help people reminisce about the devices they’ve had over the years

      Oh, indeed. I expect this thread to consist of reminiscing about the original briefcase-sized mobile phones and complaints about how everything since has made things worse, with some tangential rants about Kids TodayTM.

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: we’ll be able to help people reminisce about the devices they’ve had over the years

        I will state that without a shadow of a doubt the very first Cell Phone showed me the future ...

        The magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake hit us on October 17th 1989, at 5:04 PM-ish Pacific time. It was centered approximately 30 miles SSE of my home. PG&E power and Ma Bell landlines were out over almost all of the Bay Area. My acting boss called my DynaTAC at 5:10 PM & screamed that he would fire me if I didn't fix it immediately. I told him that he needn't have wasted money on the phone call, he could have just opened the window and bellowed. And then I hung up.

        I have hated cellular telephones ever since ... not because of what they are, or what they can do, but rather for what they are actually (ab)used for in the hands of the ignorant GreatUnwashed masses.

        1. ICL1900-G3 Bronze badge

          Re: we’ll be able to help people reminisce about the devices they’ve had over the years

          Jake, I seldom agree with your posts...BUT... I agree with you! If I could uninvent one thing, it would be the mobile phone. It has changed society completely, and not for the better. Downvote away, folks, you're mistaking me for someone who gives a shit.

    2. NotJustAStorageDude

      Re: we’ll be able to help people reminisce about the devices they’ve had over the years

      Ahh yes, a friend in Bristol had a brand new Nokia 7110 to show off to the ladies... An "unknown person" (ahem) managed to disconnect the spring, mic and retaining clips so when he answered it the sliding cover just fell off. Smooth operator. (I had a terrible Sony J5)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: we’ll be able to help people reminisce about the devices they’ve had over the years

        "Ahh yes, a friend in Bristol had a brand new Nokia 7110 to show off to the ladies... An "unknown person" (ahem) managed to disconnect the spring, mic and retaining clips so when he answered it the sliding cover just fell off."

        Had a 7110 myself for a while before they went on sale (Nokia supplied pre-release version) as it was Nokia's first WAP handset and I was involved in WAP gateway compatibility testing.

        Everyone called it the "Matrix phone" despite the Matrix featuring a modified 8110i (from memory).

        Did you know that when the 7110 went on sale in USA it apparently did not have the spring mechanism, rather the cover had to be manually slid open. I heard it was because Nokia were concerned about being sued by people in USA who hit themselves (i.e. in the face) with the cover.

    3. Mage Silver badge

      Re: we’ll be able to help people reminisce about the devices they’ve had over the years

      And SMS spam from them when it had been illegal for years. It's why I left them.

  4. Anonymous IV
    Unhappy

    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be...

    Ample scope also for an outbreak of anniversaryitis.

  5. Dan 55 Silver badge

    The last decade

    Will we be able to marvel at the selection of black and occasionally silver fondeslabs from 10 years ago until today, slowly increasing in size and more quickly increasing in price?

  6. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Wait a minute...

    Did he mean the Samsung Serene or the Bang & Olufsen phone?

    I did have a friend who had one for the bragging rights but he's since moved to Canada so I've no idea if he still has it somewhere.

  7. Skiron Bronze badge
    Pint

    I remember...

    ... in the early 80's, some car salesman used the Pub, always splashing the cash. He had the latest mobile phone, looked like one of those radio handsets the grunts used in 'Nam. To call it cost something like £2.00 a minute or something (and that was like 4 pints in those days!) - and yer know what? He used to get 5 or 6 calls in a lunch time - which was only 2 1/2 hours before open all day came in..

  8. DavyPaul
    Pint

    1996 NEC P800 got me home

    Just after local government reorg, I was issued with an NEC 'brick' the P800.

    I was living in Newport at the time.

    Coming back from Cardiff on the last train, I fell asleep and woke up in Abergavenny (basically the Manchester train!)

    I had £5 in my pocket and the taxi driver gave me a quote of £12 to get me home.

    I called ahead to my lodger in Malpas, Newport and asked how much cash he had... (yes, £20)

    So, I went full-assertive mode, gave the driver the fiver up front and said "get me home and I'll pay you another tenner."

    I had my first personal Panasonic G520 gen.2 with SMS in '98 - funnily enough on VodaFone.

    ISTR you had to type in the varius SMS hubs until it became standard - say if you wanted to text Cellnet from Vodafone. Happy Days.

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