Monday, 10 December 2018

Friday Review: Nostalgia trip

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 05 April 13

Nostalgia in the air as the mobile phone turns 40, while Facebook celebrates how important it believes itself to be.

The mobile phone as we know and love (and sometimes loath) it turned 40 this week, prompting the kind of nostalgic reminiscences typically reserved for deceased pets. Words like 'faithful' and 'trusty' were being used all over the Internet with gay abandon on Wednesday to describe long-gone phones with extremely boring names. The implicit aim, of course, is to win by boasting the oldest, most obscure model, in the same way that people of a certain age say things like "you think you had it rough? In my day..." For my part, I'm unable to recall what my first mobile phone was, just that it was a second-hand, white label monstrosity that I bought, prepaid SIM card and all, for a knock-down price of £20 from a school friend who – based on some of the explicit and threatening text messages I received on an almost daily basis &ndash…

The mobile phone as we know and love (and sometimes loath) it turned 40 this week, prompting the kind of nostalgic reminiscences typically reserved for deceased pets. Words like 'faithful' and 'trusty' were being used all over the Internet with gay abandon on Wednesday to describe long-gone phones with extremely boring names. The implicit aim, of course, is to win by boasting the oldest, most obscure model, in the same way that people of a certain age say things like "you think you had it rough? In my day..." For my part, I'm unable to recall what my first mobile phone was, just that it was a second-hand, white label monstrosity that I bought, prepaid SIM card and all, for a knock-down price of £20 from a school friend who – based on some of the explicit and threatening text messages I received on an almost daily basis &ndash…

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