Cell Phone History

Because I’m vain and egotistical when it comes to my phones, I thought I’d write up a complete history of my phone collection, not only to gloat, but also so that I can remember what the heck I have. 😛 Also, I’ve had people ask me, “How many friggin’ phones to you have anyway??” So I thought I’d put fingers to keyboard and write out the master list.


My entire family started with Verizon Wireless because at the time they were the only ones around. There weren’t any VZW stores around, however, so we had to go to this third-party wireless store with a name like “Joe’s Phones and Brakes.” As a result, I started with about three phones because they screwed up. This is probably what fueled my love for phones. I love to point fingers.



As I said, the people at Joe’s had a few screws loose. They gave my parents V120x models, but didn’t have enough, so they gave me a V120c. So I had this phone for only about a week. The two phones were basically the same thing, but neither were right.


The V120x was essentially the same, but as I said, still wasn’t correct. They worked fine, but we discovered soon that they didn’t work right. As part of Verizon, you had to dial *228 every month or so to download the “latest roaming capabilities,” which is silly and archaic and dumb, but that’s Verizon for you. We could do that just fine at home, but when we went on vacation and tried it, the system errored out. So we took them back to Joe’s and they discovered that they had given us the wrong phones—again. The X model wasn’t a Verizon phone and was semi-incompatible. So they deactivated those and gave us…


Three phones in about three months that all did basically the same stuff. All the phones were good for was texting and calling people. How I survived, I have no idea. It had a monochrome screen the size of a chiclet and ran out of battery almost as soon as it was turned on. I had the V60i for two full years and I have no idea how I made it through each day. 😛

About three-quarters into the life of the phone, I started looking at other phones and started planning my next purchase. I started small but ultimately decided to go all out.

Treo 650

“All out” doesn’t mean the same thing now as it did then. However, I loved this phone. This is definitely what started my obsession. I was able to take pictures, listen to MP3s, talk, text…and that’s pretty much it. It had data, but I was not willing to (have my parents) pay the excruciatingly large Verizon data bill. Still, it was a great device even if I was never connected to the Internet. I had it for two years, give or take, but decided I needed something else for college.



Before that, I made a quick pitstop with the RAZR. Hey, it was hyped out the wazoo, it was new to Verizon, and I wanted it. So I payed for it out of contract with my own money. Coming off the Treo, it sucked on toast—just like the previous Motos, all it was good for was texting and calling and I couldn’t stand it. I think I had it for about two months before I gave up and switched back to the Treo for a few months. I gave the RAZR to my grandparents who now use it constantly.


HTC Apache/PPC-6700/XV6700

For college, I needed a phone with WiFi could I could check email/waste time in between classes surfing the Internet. For this, I decided on the HTC Apache, which was rebranded by UTStarcom as the PPC-6700 and also rebranded by Verizon itself as the XV6700 because if your customers aren’t confused, no one is happy. It was a great phone that had the aforementioned WiFi along with a voice recorder, notes, Office editors, and other stuff, all in a package roughly as thick as the Encyclopedia Britannica. I had this phone for two years and gave it to my dad after I broke off my parents’ plan and bought my own service with…

I hated Verizon with a passion not healthy for normal humans. They were conniving, unethical, and given my love of switching phones, about as user-friendly as an oilspill. I needed AT&T because it allows me to switch phones at will by removing the SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) from one phone and inserting it into another. Also, given my worldly travels, and unlocked GSM phone would allow me to use my phone anywhere in the world without having to switch plans to some illogically silly and expensive “international” plan. Also, I get to purchase European cell phones, which are decades beyond anything available in the United States.



Well, ok, so my first phone was crap. But I got it for free, so that took some of the sting away. I primarily use the RAZR for when I plan to get physically dirty, or if I plan to rappel off sheer cliffs in Arizona. Essentially, I don’t care what happens to it and use it mostly as a paperweight, though I do switch to it every other month or so.

At the same time, I had my primary phone scoped out, based on the movie Casino Royale:


An excellent phone. Great battery life, great camera, great everything. Except for the touchscreen and WiFi, it was better equipped than even the XV6700. I bought a data plan along with it, so WiFi wasn’t a necessity—for the first time, I could get Internet anywhere I went. Inside buildings, outside buildings, in the middle of a cow pasture if need-be. Plus, given the movie it was from, I could pretend I was James Bond. I still use the phone a lot.


The 900-pound gorilla. Even though by now it’s a two-year old design, it’s still one of the most advanced phones on the market. 5 MP camera, GPS, WiFi, FM radio…blah, blah, blah. As a tech nerd, my collection would not have been complete without this phone. I constantly surf the Internet, listen to music (I have all my ’80s songs on the phone), the GPS has saved me more times than I can count, and the camera is amazing. Oh yeah, and I call people on it, too.


If the N95 is the 900-pound gorilla, the N82 is the 1,000-pound gorilla in a 600-pound gorilla outfit.  Though it’s a lower number, the N82 is actually more powerful than the N95.  With all the features of the N95 plus a bigger battery and a Xenon flash, the N82 is a great phone, and essentially the perfect melding of the K790 and the N95.  And the black version is vastly superior to the silver version.

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