Vodafone 'Transportable' mobile telephone, 1985

Made:
1985 in England
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Transportable mobile telephone, complete with accessories and instruction manual, by Vodafone Limited, England,
Science Museum Group Collection
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Transportable mobile telephone, complete with accessories and instruction manual, by Vodafone Limited, England,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Transportable mobile telephone, complete with accessories and instruction manual, by Vodafone Limited, England,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Transportable mobile telephone, complete with accessories and instruction manual, by Vodafone Limited, England,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Transportable mobile telephone, made by Vodafone Limited, England, 1985.

The Mobira Transportable, was launched by Vodafone in 1985, the year that the first UK mobile networks, Vodafone and Cellnet, were launched. Early mobile phones like these were normally installed in cars, rather than carried by the user. They could be lifted out and carried round, although it only offered a few minutes of call time before the battery went flat.

Battery technology has moved on since then and network cells are smaller, so less power is needed to communicate with a base station.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1997-1038/1
Materials:
electronic components, metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
mobile telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telephone