Vodafone transportable (mobile) telephone
Vodafone transportable (mobile) telephone, number 594875, including: Vodafone transceiver unit ME 50 T, Class 1/2, Serial number 01/00/00/05715 made in Finland for Racal-Vodac, Newbury Berks, Ltd.; battery pack (rechargeable), Mobira model VT 501 (UL50T); and antenna.
There is a stark contrast to be made between the ubiquitous ownership of mobile telephones in the UK in 2019 and their first users in the 1980s. The manual explains “you can use your VODAFONE for automatic telephone calls from your car, boat, or office.” Boat-owners were the target market. Indeed, this mobile phone was sold at over £7,000 in today’s money. The objects is significant because it charts a change in mobile ownership from the wealthy to the masses.
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- mobile telephone
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- S. R. Lancelyn Green
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