Well, I was thinking today about all the old cell phones I had. Â I thought it may be interesting to post about those phones and plans.Â Some of this stuff is 6-7 years old, so I may not remember all of it.Â But, here we go.
|My first cell phone was a Nokia 252. ÂÂ It was on Alltel. Â I don’t remember how much I paid, but I had 150 minutes doubled to 300. Â Cyndi and I shared that plan which resulted in some interesting bills (we shared the first 150…not all of the minutes). Â This shared minute stuff turned us off to shared plans for a long time (it was only recently we went with a shared plan again). Â We had this plan for 1 year then we went to Sprint.|
|At about that same time for work, my boss made me get a cell phone.ÂÂÂ That phone was a Nokia 5160. Â I didn’t like it (I never liked Nokia cell phones.). Â It was through the old AT&T. Â On weekends, I would forward that plan to my Sprint phone. Don’t have a clue how much this plan cost; however, I know it was nationwide no roaming (and not the normal no roaming on our network back then…this was real no roaming.) Â One good thing about this phone…it would get a signal just about anywhere.|
|Our first Sprint PCS phone was the Kyocera 2035 . Â I don’t remember much about the plan, but I think we had 1000 night and weekend minutes. Â We never even came close to using it all. Â No such thing as sprint to sprint yet. The phone was ok, but I was getting fed up with candy-bar type phones. Â By the way, the earpiece I bought to go with this phone (there was a special 2 for 1 sale, so Cyndi and I took advantage of it). Â
|When we moved to Columbus, OH, I was in the mood for a new phone. Â The battery on my 2035 was going kaput (I had to have it on the vehicle charger on my way to work and it MIGHT last the entire day.) Â My dad had a Samsung something or other…I really liked how it flipped. Â So, I was sucked in by the Samsung n400. Â At the time, I didn’t care for flip-type phones (I still don’t really care for them…I’d rather have something of this design). Â Our plan back then was for something like 300 minutes. Â By this time we had unlimited nights and weekends along with sprint to sprint. Â It didn’t take me long to figure out that I needed to purchase the extended battery for this guy. Â And, even with that, I only was able to get 2…maybe 3…days out of this thing. Â In Columbus, I had to buy a new battery.|
|When we moved to Richmond, we got terrible reception at our house. Â So bad that we thought about ditching Sprint. Â However, we went to the Sprint store and they let us use a loaner while they fiddled with our phones. Â That phone had good service. Â After a bit of looking at phones and contracts, we decided to go back to a shared plan (we currently share 800 anytime minutes, unlimited nights and weekends that start at 7pm, and sprint to sprint on one of the old fair and flexible plans). Â When we did that, we were elligible for new phones so we picked up a pair of Sanyo vi2300s . Â We used these phones until we left the US. Â I really liked our Sprint service. Â And these phones would hold a signal like nothing else. Â Oh, they also supported AMPS which led to us getting service in some unusual spots!|
|When we moved overseas, I bought a Nokia e65. Â It supported VoIP (even VoIP over 3g!) and I thought it would be helpful. Â It turned out to be a great phone. Â The VoIP functionality was awesome too! Â When we moved overseas, we were on pay as you go for a few months until I signed up for a prepaid plan. Â I got something like 300 minutes and 300 texts included. Â I paid 1500 dinars a month (I think)…that amounts to about 25-30 dollars. Â This phone finally died when the mic quit working. Â I really liked the design and solidness of the phone. Â When we moved to the UK, we got on a pay monthly plan with no contract. Â I get 300 min, unlimited within the network, and 2gb data for 15 pounds/month.|
|I had been wanting a smartphone (specifically the Nexus One) but I held off. Â When my e65 went on the blink, I decided to take the plunge and get a smartphone. Â Seeing my parents’ droids over the holidays helped too. Â So, I’ve had it for a few days and really like it. Â I like being able to actually surf the net on the phone when I’m out. Â I also like the built in GPS.|
ÂÂÂ Later on, I’ll probably post an update to this with prices, minutes, etc… after I have a tad bit of time to think more about it.
[Update 2011-01-18 07:56:18] I updated the list with new pictures and added that I had owned a Nokia e65 and Nexus S
[Update 2012-12-19 19:35:58] Updated some links.
[Update 2016-04-05 07:17:24] Added the Nexus 5 after owning it about a year