Can We Guess What Your First Cell Phone Was?

By: Mark Lichtenstein

Can We Guess What Your First Cell Phone Was?
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About This Quiz

Does this challenge sound like an impossible task? Pah! We have the technology to sort this out.

Everyone remembers their first mobile phone. Phones are a sign of the times as much as cars and fashion. Mobile phones haven't been around all that long. In the early 1990s, when cell phone technology was new, most people thought that the only people who needed cellphones were doctors and drug dealers. By the mid-1990s, high school teachers were stripping their students of two-way pagers, and by the year 2000, the flip phone and texting was all the rage. Nowadays, time can be measured in iPhone iterations, Samsung Galaxy numbers, and buggy devices from scrappy startups.

You probably remember your first phone just as fondly. The excitement of the purchase, tearing through the packaging to produce the device, the charger, and the manual you quickly regretted tossing out. It was like Christmas. There was a strange sort of pride in having that device in your pocket. It made you capable, powerful, able to speak to anyone, anywhere in the world, any time. That wonderful feeling is why we always love that first phone, and why many of us keep it tucked away in a drawer, just in case.

From the devices we use, almost every detail of who we are can be determined. Care to see if it works the other way around?

Did you watch "Sex And The City" while it was still on the air?
Sure!
I saw it once they had it dubbed into my language.
Was it on TV? I thought it was just for streaming.
I saw it on DVD.

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Did you learn to speak English from Baywatch?
No, it is my native language.
Yes! It was great for practice.
How could you learn anything from that movie?
No, I learned from "Lost."

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Did you own a first or second generation iPod or Zune?
I owned a first generation iPod.
I owned an iPod Touch.
I don't even know what those are.
I had a Zune.

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Do the words "Hey ya" make you want to get up and dance?
"I see you walking through the door!"
No, I can't understand the words to that song.
No. Why would it?
Yes! I want to boogie!

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Did your parents forbid you from watching "Shutter Island"?
No, they forbid me from watching "Aliens."
No, they didn't want me watching "Dead Ringers."
Yes, but I went out to see it anyway.
No, they didn't want me to see "Saw."

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Did you have to stop listening to Rihanna's "Umbrella" to take a call?
No, I don't listen to her.
No, I didn't have an iPod yet.
Why would I?
Yes, I'd have to put my iPod down to pick up my phone.

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What was the first country you visited other than your own?
England.
The US.
Saint Kitts.
Canada.

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Did you watch "Supernatural" from the first season?
No, I saw it on Netflix but gave up after it jumped the shark the first time.
No, I never really got into it.
Yes, I did!
I got into it in the second season, but just sort of forgot about it.

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When Facebook came online, were you allowed in?
No.
It wasn't in my language yet.
Yes, but I had to ask my school to provide me with an email address.
Yes, because I still had my college email.

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Did you fantasize about having a bigger phone when your first phone was a year old?
No! I wanted one less ungainly.
No, I will never stop loving my first phone.
Yes, almost immediately.
No, I wanted one that was as tiny as possible!

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What was the operating system of your first computer?
DOS.
Windows 98.
OSX.
Windows 2000/NT.

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Have you ever programmed a VCR?
Of course! Thank God I don't have to anymore.
We never got one when I was growing up and went straight to DVDs.
What's a VCR?
I did a couple times, but then the technology became irrelevant.

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How long did it take you to embrace streaming?
I didn't know about it until it was around a while.
I didn't want to pay for that initially but eventually came around.
I've always loved it.
I was on Netflix streaming back when the menu was just one line of seven movies.

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Do you still have a Netflix DVD account?
No.
I do, because the internet is terrible in my country
What's that?
Yes, not everything is available for streaming

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Did you see The Matrix in the theater?
Yes, about three weeks into it being out
No, I saw it on BitTorrent
What's a movie theater?
I saw it on week one!

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How many of your friends use Snapchat?
None. Zero. Ziltch.
A smattering of them
All of them
Five. All are children.

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Do you regularly use Instagram?
No, I'm not an eight-year-old pop star
I do, now, but only for photos of my food, or beaches I visit on vacation
I use the 'gram all the time!
I have an account, but I never use it

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Do you have home videos that are in 4:3?
Yes, many
Mostly, but they're also in PAL, not NTSC.
Like old-fashioned TV? No
A few, but we went mostly with photos

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Did your high school teachers regularly strip students of their smartphones?
No, they took their pagers
No, we were well behaved
Yes, they did
No, they took their old-fashioned cellphones

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Have you ever owned a calculator?
I still have this one amazing scientific calculator
Yes, it was a Casio!
I have an app for that
I had a programmable one! It was pretty cool

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Have you ever owned an abacus?
Yes, I had one when I was a kid
I still own one
What's an abacus?
Thank God calculators were cheap enough that I never needed one

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Did your first car list a backup camera as an option?
No it listed a radio as an option
No, it listed airbags as an option
Yes
No, it listed air conditioning as an option

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Have you ever had an AOL account?
Yes, and then a Pipeline account
No, I didn't get internet until I was in college
What is AOL? Is that an old person thing?
Yes, until cable modems came along

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What was your preferred instant messaging program growing up?
AOL IM
ICQ
Facebook
Texting

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Who was the premier action movie star of your childhood?
Clint Eastwood
Jason Statham
Vin Diesel
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Which Tron movie did you see first?
Tron
I saw Tron Legacy first, then I found the original one
There's only one: Tron Legacy
I will never pollute my memory of Tron with the sequel

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Do you still watch cable TV?
Yes. How else would I get my news?
I only have cable TV for reruns on Dave
No, I stream everything
Only when I'm at the gym

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Do you still watch broadcast TV?
Yes, because the airwaves belong to us!
The BBC is brilliant, so I will always watch it
Wait, you can watch TV without cable?
Only in an emergency

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How do you buy music?
I still buy CDs
I buy on iTunes
Buy music? I just steam it
I buy on Amazon

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How do you read books?
I like hardcovers
I read on my Kindle
I "read" audiobooks
I like softcovers

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