In pictures: The history of mobile phones

Take a stroll down memory lane and see the evolution of the mobile phone, from its humble beginnings with the Motorola DynaTAC in 1983 to the Apple iPhone 3GS in 2009!

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Soviet fame: Nokia Mobira Cityman 900 (1987)

In 1987, Nokia launched the Mobira Cityman 900 — the first handheld mobile phone for NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony) networks. The Mobira Cityman 900 became an iconic device when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was photographed using a Cityman to make a call from Helsinki to Moscow. The Mobira Cityman 900 weighed 800 grams and had a whopping price tag of 4560Euros or AUS$7724 (in today’s currency). And in Moscow it would have been worth 202482 Russian rubles!

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