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How old would you say you were the time when you got your first cell phone?
I use cell phones since the age of 15.
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I guess I was 16 or something like this when I got my first cellphone. It was a Nokia 3310. I was looking at the idea of having a cellphone for a few months before having it but I was still relying on my parents money and my father didn't agree with my idea. 

Being a stubborn teenager I decided to sell my portable CD player and buy myself a cellphone. The same day I sold my CD player my father came to me that he will buy me a cellphone the next day and I was very pissed off because I didn't want to sell my CD player but the idea of having a cellphone was stronger than my attachment towards my CD player. 

It was the time when cellphone were still rocking NI-MH batteries and I remember how heavy it was in the hand and how precious it was for me. Although you didn't had much to do with a cellphone at that time I always found myself checking on it to see if I received any text, I was changing my ringtone everyday and so on. Oh, I almost forgot about the cases. 

Back then you could make almost every cellphone by changing its case and I remember I had about three of four for mine. It was a great feeling to have a cellphone at that time and the models built during these times ( year 2002 I guess) were very durable. Mine had so many falls and throws but didn't broke once. Now you drop your iPhone once and your screen is wrecked. 

Time has past since then... Nice question though. It awakened some memories and nostalgia. I just remembered that I still have some Nokia model as a collection. 

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The first time I got myself a mobile phone was back in 2007 [age 18] during my first year of university. Before then, I have never had a personal phone.

In high school, I have always borrowed a friend's phone or used the school's main office before it closed. The only time I used phones outside of the home was to contact my parents.

As I recall, the phone was a candy bar Nokia 6000 series, but I can no longer recall the exact model. The phone cost me around $200 USD and I was on an unlimited plan at $50 per month, which I paid with my own money.

Here is the closest picture I could find online of it:

This was before the USA raised minimum wage as I had a $6.85 per hour job, and I worked 25 hours a week to support myself.

I remember customizing the ringtone using Audacity and taking photos with the phone. It allowed me to post photos to Facebook for the first time.

I took good care of it since I was the one who purchased and maintained it.

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Hello Rachel1998

Well I got my first cellphone when I was around 9yrs old. Cellphones had just come into the country and my mum decided to get one for her business. So most of the time it was with me, so I kinda feel like it was mine, that's why I claimed I got my first cellphone when I was 9😂😂😂

If it was a personal phone, I didn't get that till I was 12 or 13.

The phone back the was a Motorola R2. I tried looking for a photo of it, but I couldnt find one. Maybe I got the name wrong.

Anyways, getting a cellphone at the age made me slightly different compared to most of the children in my age group then. I was much more inquisitive towards technology and life in general. I just couldn't understand how I could wirelessly communicate and send messages to people miles and miles away.

I guess that's why I decided to be an engineer, the curiosity and desire to find answers is still burning inside me

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At around 15-16 I got the 1st cell phone and it was the mighty Nokia 3310

Image Source: https://www.amazon.com/Nokia-Unlocked-Retro-Stylish-Phone/dp/B01H41K5SO

While I still remember the memories with that phone Playing games especially Snakes, Space Impact and those were some amazing times by the way lol.

Thanks for the question reminded with some old memories. 

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If I had to guess, I was probably around 17 or 18.  We live out in the country and my parents wanted me to have something so I could make a call if something happened on my way to high school.  Even though we just lived around the corner from the school it was still the country and in the winter the roads can get pretty bad.  Add to that the fact that we had lots of deer in our area that like to run into cars.

My first phone was a bag phone.  That thing was awesome.  It was so huge, but back then bag phones were far superior to the portable phones.  Bag phones had a full three watts of power so you were pretty much guaranteed to get signal even though towers weren't as prevalent as they are now.

The mobile phones on the other hand only had .3 watts of power so although they were much more portable than a bag phone and cooler looking, they just didn't have the reliability that a bag phone did.  It actually wasn't until much later that I was able to get my first flip phone.  

Cell phones are still expensive today, but they were even more so back then.  None of this unlimited text and talk.  My phone was only there for an emergency and if I used it for anything other than that, I would be expected to pay for the large bill that  we would probably get.

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Back then, acquiring a phone is a luxury. It is very expensive then, that's why I am a bit old when I had my first phone. That was in 2005, and I was 21 then. I bought Nokia 3310 which is secondhand. After 2 years, I bought another Nokia phone, but I can't remember its brand. It has no camera, but it has polyphonic tones. Afterwards, I tried other Nokia and Samsung phones.

It was fun to go back to the past when having a simple phone gives someone joy. I remember I can even text even with my phone in my pocket, and not looking at the phone. Right now, you need to use and look at your phone while typing on a touchscreen phone.

The simple times are the great times. The phones we had then gives a chuckling nostalgia.

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I got my first cell phone after getting out of college back in 2001. I was 19. My daughters now have watches with phones built into them so I can get ahold of them and they are 7 and 9. I wish I would have embraced technology when I was younger. I feel I really missed out on some huge oportunities in the last 20 years. 

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I got my first cellphone at the age of 19. Late? Not really. Cellphones became a thing in my country 2 years before that.

Before then we were relying on landlines and paid phone booths to make and receive calls....and ofcourse letter. Its funny most many iGeneration don't even know how to write letters.

I communicated with my family through letters for the first two years in the university. And I was an expert in writing 'love letters'. I even made some from writing for friends.

I bought my first cellphone (one Eriksson phone, I have forgotten the model). I bought it at Sabo, popular place in my country for buying any 'used' items.

I can still remember the feeling holding my own cellphone on my way back to school at the age of 19. Funny, how time flies and things change...

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I was 11 years old, it was 1997 and it was a Motorola. I bought it not to use it, but I was interested in the Technology. The cost to use it was too expensive for me. I was 11 after all, and phone calls were like 50p a minute and texting was like 15p each.  I used my birthday money to buy it without permission from my parents. Although they didn't care.

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It was either the year of 2004 or 2005 (I was 7 or 8 years old) - my mom gave me her old Nokia 3310. A legend that phone is. The folks still have it in their cupboard. Ah, I spent hours playing Snake! And the battery lasted oh-so-long!

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I was 21. Back then phones did not belong to everyone like they do today. My first phone was a flip phone and to be honest i really did not want it at first but ti quickly grew on me. 

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I was 22 when I got my first cell phone. I had just started working in IT, and mobile phones had just started coming up. I bought me a yellow (my fav color) Alcatel, which could display a full 2 lines of text! And it could be operated by the recharchable battery, or you could use 3 AA batteries. Which means it was so big and clumsy you could also use it as a hammer :-)

But starting with that phone, I became very interested in the mobile technology, and part of that got me where I am now.

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waw, this is a question that made me go back to the past. lol

I got this cellphone when I was 13 years old, it was around 2007

at that time my area of ​​the network for cell phones was very bad, so I had to find a hill, get a tree, if I wanted to contact a relative who lived in the city.

very impressed.

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I purchased my first mobile phone 15 years ago, when I was a graduate student. I was 21 years old at that time. My family members were not in favor of using mobile phone. I purchased it by saving my pocket money. The first phone I purchased is Samsung R220 from my friend, Unfortunately it didn't work for me. After 3 month usage the phone become faulty. I purchase Nokia 2100 after this. I still remember that I spent my all savings for buying mobile phone and sim card. 

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I was 14 when I got the first phone.  I was using it because my school was far away, and it made me very happy because I had a phone now.

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