4.87-Oz iPhone? In 1991, Mobile Phone Weighed 130 Pounds

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    Sep 09, 2016 4:18 PM GMT

    NYT: Earlier today, Apple announced its latest mobile phone: the iPhone 7. It weighs 4.87 ounces — less than a third of a pound.

    Twenty-five short years ago, though, during our coverage of the Persian Gulf War, The Times’s “mobile” phone weighed 130 pounds.

    It’s fair to say we’ve come a long way.

    In the photo shown above, the satellite telephone in a hotel in northeast Saudi Arabia, in 1991. It was housed in two 65-pound suitcases.

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    Sep 10, 2016 12:03 AM GMT
    Ah, no. That must have been a special communications device for a place without cellular service. More like a military field radio.

    I had a Motorola "bag phone" in 1990, and it weighed about 3 or 4 pounds. I believe this very model pictured.

    I mainly kept it in my car for emergencies. Where it also could plug into an optional roof-mount antenna I had, to increase the range. Cellular tower coverage was very spotty & weak 25 years ago. And the service analog, not our current digital.

    When I traveled on official business I took an Army-issued Motorola "brick" cel phone, like the second one pictured. Almost the size of the earlier Army walkie-talkies of the 1950s. Poor range and talk time.

    But 130 pounds for a cellular phone? No, not for domestic use in the US. They were the size of these 2 pictured.


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    Sep 10, 2016 5:29 PM GMT
    pellaz said
    go figure but early 90's was a long time ago.

    And don't mention the 1950s, that I also remember fairly well. On the subject of phones, using wooden telephone booths with 2-piece phones, the handset a "candlestick". Pay calls for a nickel, later "jumping" to a dime. The first modern wall phones for home use, in colors, no less. (Disregarding the early 20th-Century wooden wall crank phones) And then the Princess phone! The perfect compact nightstand phone, but also targeting talkative teen girls, who in the post-WWII affluence and housing boom were enjoying their own bedrooms in private.