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This is what Australia's first mobile phone looked like

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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