I got a new smart phone today. I’m excited because it has a better camera and it has video capabilities. These are not features I even considered when I got my first mobile phone in the winter of 1997.
In the winter of 1997, my car broke down on a rural stretch of interstate highway in central Illinois. I was by myself, on my way to meet a friend. I was able to pull over to the side of the road, but I that was all I could do. The next exit was miles away, and I was at the mercy of my fellow road travelers that day. Fortunately, I met helpful people that day.
The next day I went to Radio Shack and bought my first cellular phone. It was a Nokia of some sort, I think, and the service plan included 60 minutes a month or so for $14.95.
When did you get your first mobile phone? Was it originally for emergencies only?