Earlier this week Motorola's hand sale unit was purchased by Google signaling the end of an era. The $12.5 billion purchase ended a near 30 year run for Motorola as an independent wireless phone manufacturer. Who could ever forget watching Wall Street for the first time and seeing [/embed] Gordon Gekko bark orders into a $4K cell phone.
I was pretty young at the time but the memory of those gigantic monstrosities is as fresh as this morning's cup of coffee. If you lived in New York City in the 1980's you can surely remember the DynaTAC was reserved for men of power and influence. If you had one of these 2.5 lb heavy and knapsack worthy appliances, chances were that you worked on Wall Street or had the ability to make it snow in the middle of July. Today, everyone has a cell and they've become such an afterthought that I figure most of you guys cannot imagine just how big of a status symbol they once were.
Certainly at one point, you couldn't even own a cell phone if Motorola hadn't made it. I always get a little tickle in the back of my brain when a former giant is leveled with the ground. It reminds me not to take what I have for granted and to work harder at whatever I may be occupying my time with at the moment.
That's why today I want to take a quick trip down memory lane and talk about our favorite cell phones of all time. What was yours and what did you like the most about it?
I remember my first sweat shirt gray Motorola flip. It was known to last up to a full hour without charge and could occasionally even get a signal. One time I got a flat tire in the middle of the Catskills on a cold winter night. I laughed to myself proudly at having charged the portable payphone (as I called it in those days). I wound up hiking six miles in the cold without a smile on my face, because the damn thing got confused and thought it became a fax machine. Those were the days.
R.I.P. Motorola. Another one bites the dust...