Mobile phones and smartphones: what was your first mobile phone?


Here in Germany, the age of mobile telephony began in 1958 with permanently installed car telephones and the A-Netz, the first mobile radio system in the Federal Republic of Germany, which was operated by the Deutsche Bundespost until 1977 . But what was your very first mobile phone?

Table of contents

  1. 1 30 years of GSM (D-Netz) in Germany
  2. Since when do you make mobile calls?
  3. Suitcase, bones, mobile phone or smartphone?
  4. Which manufacturer did you start with?
  5. Which one ComputerBase readers had models first?
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30 years of GSM (D-Netz) in Germany

While the A network, which was first introduced in 1955 as a train radio service and then by the Deutsche Bundespost from 1958 as a public mobile land radio service (öbL) and was used in particular for the first car telephones, took over from 1972 the B network – first referred to as 1G – which replaced the A network from 1977. In 1985 the C network – or also Funktelefonnetz-C – followed Telekom.

Based on the C-450 standard, the C network was the last analogue generation of mobile communications in Germany. As early as July 1, 1992, the D-Netz began regular operation with the 2G and GSM standards and, like the E-Netz, which was launched in 1994, is still in operation today.

Mobile networks in Germany

  • A network: 1958 – 1977
  • B network: 1972 – 1994
  • C network : 1985 – 2000
  • D network: 1992 – current
  • E network: 1994 – current

The first “mobile phones” apart from car telephony appeared in Germany around 1985, but they were far from meeting the later established standards of “handheld phones”, but were housed in cases and boxes that had a telephone receiver and a dial or a keypad decreed.

How long have you been on the phone?

When did the ComputerBase readers really make mobile calls for the first time and are there really old hands among you who have already made calls in the analogue A, B or C networks?

What was the first mobile network that you used?

  • A net
  • B net
  • C-Net
  • D-Net
  • E-Net
  • Abstention (show result)

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Suitcase, bone, cellphone or smartphone?

The first generation of truly portable cellphones is today Colloquially also referred to as “bones” and in some cases still had extendable antennas and, compared to the mobile phones and smartphones that followed later, almost huge dimensions.

Jans Siemens S45 from 2001 next to an iPhone 13 mini from 2021

The first commercial mobile phone was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, developed since 1973, which was presented in 1983 and measured 33 × 4.5 × 8.9 cm weighed almost 800 grams and was sold for around 4,000 US dollars at the time.

How did the readers of ComputerBase make the first phone call? Even with a first-generation car phone, with a “mobile” suitcase phone or a “bone”? Or with a classic mobile phone or a smartphone?

How did you first make a mobile phone call?

  • With an early car phone
  • With a large suitcase phone
  • With a mobile phone (“bones”)
  • With a classic mobile phone
  • With a smartphone
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While smartphone manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, Google, Huawei and OnePlus are vying for the attention of buyers today, the mobile phone era was dominated in particular by Nokia, Alcatel, BlackBerry, Sony, Ericsson, Motorola and Siemens.

In the early days of mobile phones, companies such as Bell – today AT&T – and Motorola were the leaders and successful in the market.

Which manufacturer did you start with?

Nokia, Blackberry, Samsung or Apple? With which manufacturer did the community members make their first cell phone calls?

With which manufacturer did you get started with mobile telephony?

  • HTC
  • Apple
  • Alcatel
  • Xiaomi
  • Siemens
  • Samsung
  • BlackBerry
  • Motorola
  • Ericsson
  • OnePlus
  • Huawei
  • Google
  • Nokia
  • Sony
  • Bell
  • LG
  • …another manufacturer
  • Abstention (show result)

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Which models did ComputerBase readers have first?

ComputerBase readers who are still who can remember their first mobile phone, mobile phone or smartphone, may feel called upon to publish the exact model and other impressions in the comments.

Some serve as inspiration of the first mobile phones from the ComputerBase editorial team and other team members.

  • Jan: Siemens S45 (2001)
  • Volker: Nokia 6110 (1997)
  • Sven: Alcatel One Touch Easy (1999)
  • Mahir: Sony Ericsson K720i (2005)
  • Christian: Siemens S35 (2000)
  • Nicolas: Nokia 3210 (1999)
  • Fabian: iPhone 4 (2012)
Volker's Nokia 6110 from 1997

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