Mystery Solved – Black, with Zipper

On Monday, I asked you all to identify this mystery object:

It's big. It's black. It says 'Motorola'.
It’s big. It’s black. It says ‘Motorola’.

Now, I offer the solution. I bought this way back in 1996 or 1997, for use when I was doing field work… Just in case.

Here’s what it looks like on the inside. Now do you see what it is?

My first cellular telephone. I think it was like a dollar a minute, but totally worth it if I needed it!
My first cellular telephone. I think it was like a dollar a minute, but totally worth it if I needed it!

This is what cellular telephones were when they finally became ‘portable.’  There’s the antenna and the charger, and the massive battery pack.

A handset like the land-line phones that we were familiar with.
A handset like the land-line phones that we were familiar with.

It even had the curly cord that always got tangled.

Handset with curly cord.
Handset with curly cord.

This phone served me well while I was doing field work as a graduate student. A few years later, I got my first pocket-able phone. And now I have a smart phone. It’s amazing how technology has changed!

I’m kinda tempted to take this to the Verizon store and see how they react. Naw, this is probably a collector’s item now!

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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