Increase In Popularity

Phones that were released shortly after the Motorola DynaTAC followed a similar trend. That trend was to make each new model smaller and slimmer than the last. Three manufacturers were the biggest of them all during the late 80’s and the 90’s—Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia.

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The Motorola MicroTAC

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(L-R): Nokia 1610; 2110i; 8110; Motorola 7500; Ericsson GA318; Motorola StarTAC

As a kid growing up in the 90’s, I remembered that these 3 manufacturers in particular were churning out new mobile phone models almost every quarter of a year. Because of this, there was a certain ‘competition’ among consumers over who would have the latest phone model. There were not any huge leaps in terms of technology, but in design there was a constant shrinking in size, as seen in the photos I have posted. Phones still had black-and-white display screens and the standard number keyboard layout.

 

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Ericsson (L-R): GH172; GH337; GA628; GF768; T28; Sony Ericsson T68i

Here is a manufacturer we will never ever see again (since it merged with Sony to form Sony Ericsson).

 

Sources:

http://www.mobilephonehistory.co.uk/ericsson/ericsson.php

http://www.mobilephonehistory.co.uk/lists/by_year.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cuou0hPIcM

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