My first cell phone

Nine years ago today, on September 15, 1997, I ordered my first cell phone. I ordered it through AirTouch (which I don’t think exists any longer). I ordered their “Cal 30” plan, which cost $20/month for the first 3 months and $30/month thereafter. We could make free phone calls to our home phone number and had 30 minutes of calling time per month included.

Compare that to my current cellphone (a Razr) for which I pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $70/month, but for which I get 2000 minutes/month, unlimited nights/weekends, and unlimited calls to other T-Mobile customers. All this, in 9 short years!

The picture above are the pages from my diary from 9 years ago. The specific entry about the cellphone is on the right-hand page, about halfway down. This was before I switched to the red “At-A-Glance” standard diaries in 2000.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.