U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Cell Phones and Smartphones
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-14-2017, 06:16 PM
 
Location: ohio
2,863 posts, read 1,410,217 times
Reputation: 3252

Advertisements

Been on Verizon since somtime around 2002. Texting was an add on cost back then. I remember when my wife started texting it cost 25 cents per text plus added cost if you sent a picture. As my wife started using it more I got a plan that included hundreds of texts per month, maybe 300? for 5 or 10 dollars additional charge.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-15-2017, 04:48 PM
 
133 posts, read 66,765 times
Reputation: 180
Been texting in my country back in 2000. I actually was addicted to it. It was a pain in the ass to text coz I use a nokia phone with a flip phone alphanumeric keypad. LOL. But holy smokes it is addicting.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2017, 08:57 AM
 
2,360 posts, read 1,287,974 times
Reputation: 2093
heck remember you paid by the mins.. suncom paid like 70 a month for 3k mins and 2k text. Then came unlimited text when the BB came out. Few years later in 2001? unlimited talk and text was main stream, then you paid 512mb block for 10$ a block.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2017, 01:16 PM
 
10,167 posts, read 10,489,285 times
Reputation: 5443
Quote:
Originally Posted by OzzyRules View Post
Was texting even going on in 2000 or 2001 (date on the film)?
JUL 5, 1991 First 2G network for commercial use.
The Finnish telecommunications company, Radiolinja, launched the very first second generation (2G) network for public use. The increased bandwidth allowed for the world's first SMS text message and data transmission. Also, 2G allowed for ringtones.

JAN 2, 1993 PDA cell phones. The Simon Personal Communicator, jointly marketed by IBM and BellSouth, was the first mobile phone to add PDA features. This 20-ounce phone contained a pager, cell phone, calculator, address book, fax machine, and e-mail all wrapped into one. Unfortunately, this multi-purpose phone cost about $900.

Clueless was released on July 19, 1995 so they would have been using what are retroactively called 1G analog phones.

American Personal Communications (APC), the first GSM carrier in America, provided the first text-messaging service in the United States. Sprint Telecommunications Venture, a partnership of Sprint Corp. and three large cable-TV companies, owned 49 percent of APC. APC operated under the brand name of Sprint Spectrum and launched its service on November 15, 1995 in Washington, D.C. and in Baltimore, Maryland. Vice President Al Gore in Washington, D.C. made the initial phone-call to launch the network, calling Mayor Kurt Schmoke in Baltimore. Initial growth of text messaging was slow, with customers in 1995 sending on average only 0.4 message per GSM customer per month.

So early adapters would easily have been texting by the year 2000.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2017, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Southern California
12,434 posts, read 10,901,950 times
Reputation: 34148
I was texting on my Nokia in 2000.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2017, 03:14 PM
 
10,167 posts, read 10,489,285 times
Reputation: 5443
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr_Geek View Post
I was texting on my Nokia in 2000.
Introduced in 1992, area code 917 is the first overlay area code in North America. It was the first cellular/pager/voicemail area code for the city.It was is a telephone area code for all five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx).

By the end of 2000 there were 193 million landlines in the USA and 109 million mobile cellular lines. With a mass of over 100 million cell phones, there must have been a fair amount of texting going on.

A ball park number is that 20-22 million mobile numbers were being added every year. So prior to November 1995 there were only analog mobile phones, most were built into cars. Obviously Manhattan had the highest concentration. By 2004 mobile numbers surpassed landlines.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2017, 05:48 PM
 
Location: NYC
13,779 posts, read 9,284,325 times
Reputation: 15241
I always wonder why texting is still popular today. I've been texting since the early 2000s when majority of people are using a startac phone. Texting was consider too geeky or dorky back then. Especially when instant 2 way voice was the big thing with Nextel.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-20-2017, 03:44 AM
 
164 posts, read 283,881 times
Reputation: 162
I got my first cell phone in 2003 the carrier was Cellular one which was later bought out by Alltel. It was text message capable and they had plans which were 250 texts for $5, 1000 texts for $10 or unlimited for $15
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-21-2017, 12:01 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
4,592 posts, read 8,197,396 times
Reputation: 5145
Quote:
Originally Posted by tpk-nyc View Post
Txting is incredibly tedious without a real keyboard. I use a cheapo $20 phone when I travel in Africa. I hate it when someone sends me a txt. I think you have to be a kid to actually enjoy doing it.
Not sure if it was worse or not - but with the old key types, you started to memorize the key combinations so you could send quick texts without even looking at the phone. e.g. 5552833 = running late.

That said - I know I didn't have a text capable phone. But we had a text pager. Basically a device that can accept pages and texts. This was the time of batman belts in IT. Where most folks had a text/pager, a phone (Nextel - with the chirp), another phone (personal), and a PDA.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Cell Phones and Smartphones
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top