mobile telephone with large battery pack, 1980-1991

Made:
1980-1991 in Unknown place
maker:
Unknown

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Portable mobile telephone with large battery pack and British Telecom branding, unknown maker, 1980-1991.

Before the first cellular mobile networks launched in Britain in 1985, British Telecom (BT) operated radiophone networks. These used similar technology to later mobile phones, but because they did not use a cellular system the numbers of users were very limited. This example of a ‘portable’ mobile phone has a very large battery and would have been more likely to be installed in a car than carried by a person.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2005-715/1
Materials:
metal (unknown), paint and plastic (unidentified)
type:
mobile telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telephone
credit:
Donated by the British Board of Agrement