Technophone 'EXCELL PC105T' mobile telephone, 1986

Made:
1986 in Camberley

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Technophone EXCELL PC105T mobile telephone, manufactured by Technophone Limited, Camberley, Surrey, England, 1986.

Released in 1986 and marketed as the first phone to fit in a shirt pocket, the EXCELL PC105T was the brainchild of Nils Martensson a former employee of mobile technology giant Sony Ericsson. The phone was developed with a grant from the UK's Department for Trade and Industry, and its small size inspired government policy makers to see the mass-market potential of mobiles, even though at £1990 when first sold it was far too expensive for most people to be able to own a phone like this.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2013-134
Materials:
electronic components, metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
mobile telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telephone
credit:
Donated by GSMHistory.com