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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!

Touchscreen: IBM Simon Personal Communicator (1993)

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was one of the first attempts at a commercially viable smartphone.

A joint venture between IBM and Bellsouth, the Simon was only sold in the US and was best known for having no physical keys. It used a touchscreen and optional stylus to perform the majority of its functions, which included dialling phone numbers, sending faxes and writing memos.

It was priced at $899 (£564) when it launched.

First flip phone: Motorola StarTAC (1996)

Motorola were once well known for game changing designs in the mobile world and the StarTAC was one of the first examples.
The world's first flip phone, the StarTAC was one of the first fashion phones, combining a lightweight and compact frame with its basic phone features.

Despite launching over a decade ago, the StarTAC is smaller and lighter than many current mobile phones and smartphones.

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NEXT PAGE: Nokia's 9000 and 5110

  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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