Battery charger for Vodafone transportable (mobile) telephone

Made:
1985

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Racal-Vodac (Vodafone) Battery Charger for Vodafone transportable (mobile) telephone, model VT 601, for mains use.

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.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2019-360/4
type:
mobile phone accessory
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • domestic appliance
  • component - object
  • telephone
credit:
S. R. Lancelyn Green

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