Throwback Thursday – The Evolution Of the Cell Phone
This week’s Throwback Thursday pays homage to something that is such a huge part of our everyday lives, our cellular phone.
2014 marks 20 years that cell phones have been available on the South African market. Vodacom was the first service provider in the industry, followed later in the year by MTN. Since then we have seen Cell C, Virgin Mobile and Telkom Mobile’s 8ta provide their services to the market.
With more active sim cards than there are people in the country, South Africans clearly love their phones. Here are some of the first and most iconic phones in the South African Cellphone industry.
One of the first phones available in South Africa, South Africa launched on the GSM platform, well before the days of 3g and 4g.
Launched in 1994, this phone had the pull up antennae and the popular Nokia ringtone that we all know to this day.
One of the best selling models of Nokia phones.
The 3310 was a record selling device for MTN. The RAZR-V3 by Motorola sold over 50 million units.
Other Popular Phones
The Nokia 1011, commonly known as the “BRICK” in those days, was one of the first mass-produced GSM phones. The memory could hold 99 phone numbers, and the phone offered talk time of 90 minutes and standby time of 15 hours.
The Ericsson -GH337 could set you back R3,065. The popular features were 110 minutes talk time and 25 hours standby time. It also featured monophonic ringtones, a watch and an alarm.
The Motorola -7200 could cost as much as R2,575 offering the user 70 minutes talk time and 12 hours standby time.
The Siemens S3 was priced at R2,615 and offered you a “high-resolution” screen (97 x 33 pixels) which could display 4 lines with 16 characters per line. It also offered offered 100 minutes talk time and around 20 hours standby time.
The first Samsung models did not prove as popular as brands such as Nokia and Ericsson and Siemens, growing later with the introduction of colour screens and smart phones.
The first Blackberry was available in South Africa in 2005.
The Apple iPhone is one of the world’s and South Africa’s best selling phones.
The Best Selling Phones Today
These are the best selling smart phones in South Africa in alphabetical order:
• Blackberry 9320
• iPhone 5
• Nokia 306
• Nokia 520
• Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus
• Samsung S3
• Samsung S3 mini
• Samsung S4
• Samsung S4 mini
• Sony Xperia Go
What was your first cell phone and what do you use today? Let us know in the comments below.
*information and pictures sourced from mybroadbrand.co.za