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The Shrinking Price of Mobile [Infographic]

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You’ve never been able to get more for your money in the mobile phone market than you can today; check out this timeline infographic to chart just what your cold hard cash got you over the last 30 years.

In 1982 you’d shell out almost $4,000 for the privilege of using a mobile phone that weighed 2 pounds and couldn’t even fit in your pocket. Today you can pick up phone that weighs mere ounces, slips in your pocket, and can play video, browse the web, and sync your files to the cloud for under $200.

Have fond milestone in your own mobile history? Sound off in the comments with your memories of cellphones past.

[via GigaOM]

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  • Published 12/19/11

Comments (6)

  1. ednrit


  2. VG

    Is this actually accurate? The prices for the modern phones seem to be the prices one would pay with a 2 or 3 year contract with a service provider. The actual cost of the phones is much much higher around $700.

  3. Jon

    iPhone runs on Mac OS X? Wasn’t it iOS?

  4. 4G Reaper

    It is iOS now, it was originally just OS X for all devices. There’s apple for ya ;)

    Also, with android, you can emulate older game consoles. For those of you who care ( has emulators and roms, we also offer android support to the best of our abilities.

  5. Navjot Batra

    2020? Lol the phone described is already out. Galaxy Nexus. HD screen, portable gaming, epayment support. And battery life depends on what you would consider a long battery life. For me a day is enough.

  6. Woremochine

    @ VG :
    I only paid $100 for my Samsung Admire, $45 monthly basis (prepaid, not yearly) with Metro PCS. The service may not always be superb, but the phone is realy good, and mine to keep.

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