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The 20 most influential mobile phones in history

We look at how the mobile phone has evolved

Here, we take a stroll down memory lane to chart the evolution of the mobile phone, from its humble beginnings with the Motorola DynaTAC in 1983 to the Apple iPhone 3GS in 2009!

Soviet fame: Nokia Mobira Cityman 900 (1987)

In 1987, Nokia launched the Mobira Cityman 900 - the first handheld mobile phone for NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony) networks.

The Mobira Cityman 900 became an iconic device when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was photographed using a Cityman to make a call from Helsinki to Moscow.

The Mobira Cityman 900 weighed 800g and had a whopping price tag of £4,164 in today's currency. And in Moscow it would have been worth 202482 Russian rubles!

First GSM phone: Nokia 101 (1992)

Nokia's 101 was the world's first commercially available GSM mobile phone. Paving the way for future 'candy-bar' designs, the 101 had a monochrome display, an extendable antenna and a phonebook that could store 99 phone numbers.

It did however lack Nokia's famous 'Nokia tune' ringtone - this wasn't introduced until the next model in 1994.

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NEXT PAGE: The first smartphone and Motorola opens the world of flip

  1. We look at just how the mobile phone has evolved
  2. Nokia's Mobira Cityman 900 and the first GSM phone
  3. The first smartphone and Motorola opens the world of flip
  4. Nokia's 9000 and 5110
  5. Snap happy
  6. The Palm Treo 600 and the Nokia N-Gage
  7. Slide-out QWERTY keyboards and a razor-thin phone
  8. Motorola's ROKR E1 and the MOTOFONE F3
  9. Touchscreen's and 3x optical zoom on phones
  10. Google Android and Palm's resurection


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