Telstra is today celebrating 25 years since it launched Australia's first hand-held mobile phone, the Walkabout TM.
Telstra is today celebrating 25 years since it launched Australia's first hand-held mobile phone, the Walkabout TM. We take a trip down memory lane to celebrate the milestone!
The Walkabout TM, famously nicknamed "The brick" was manufactured by Mitsubishi and was Australia's first hand-held mobile phone. It was one of three phones in the 'Explorer' range that launched on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
On a sidenote, how bad were the hairstyles in the 80s?
The Walkabout TM weighed almost a kilogram and cost a cool $5200 when it launched on this day 25 years ago.
The phone was limited to about 20 minutes of talk time and 4-5 hours of stand-by battery life. Yes, 20 minutes.
The Walkabout could make and receive calls but had no internet access, games or even the ability to store phone numbers.
The Walkabout TM operated on the first mass mobile network in Australia, the 'Analogue Network' or AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System).
The other phones launched on the same day as the Walkabout were the Philips 'TravellerTM' FM9000 which was the size of a shoebox, cost $4500 and came in both a portable and in-car version, and the Mitsubishi 'AttacheTM', a car-mounted phone that could be carried around outside the vehicle and cost almost $3800.
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