Year 1992, Launch Price: Rs 110,000 (approx.)
This mobile phone was launched on 10th of November, hence the model name 1011. Although not the first commercially available handset, it was the first mass-produced GSM phone. The 1011 was able to receive text messages, but not send them. As you may already know, the call charges were so high that network congestion was out of question.
Twenty years ago today, on 9 November 1992, Nokia launched the world’s first commercially available GSM digital mobile phone – the Nokia 1011 – strengthening consumer interest in the world of mobile connectivity. The candybar device – which weighed a whopping 475g and could sustain a conversation for no more than 90 minutes – also introduced text messaging, viewable on the handset’s two-line display.
Those that rushed off to buy one were blissfully unaware of how much their handsets would evolve over the next two decades. The notion that a phone could become the central hub of their lives would have been considered outlandish. Here then are of the of the most significant milestones reached in the digital mobile era.
2-line, 8-character monochrome LCD with dedicated function symbols.
Phonebook: 99 entries.
900 mAh Ni-CD battery.
Weight: 495 grams.