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Old School Cellphones

3 Jan

Also known as the “brick” or more famously “the Zack Morris phone”, these chunks of technological wonder were the predecessors to that stick of gum-sized object in your pocket or purse right now that you call a cell phone. Typically over a foot long and about 5-6 inches wide, they ruled the late 80’s and early 90’s with an iron first (and a ridiculously long antenna).

And more frequently than Zack Morris used to break the fourth wall on Saved By The Bell, the brick phone was wielded by the major power players of its time. After all, this is a product that first went to market with a nearly $4,000 price tag.

But just because only the likes of Gordon Gecko and the Monopoly Man could afford this thing, doesn’t mean it wasn’t appreciated. I mean, who doesn’t get excited about a half-hour of talk time and spotty coverage in even the most open of areas. If you want to relive that magic nowadays, just do yourself a favor and sign-up with AT&T.

Or don’t.

I don’t really care what you do to be honest.

Well except, you should probably watch this clip from Saved By The Bell that totally encapsulates the curse that is the cell phone and its affects on family culture in America today (or something like that). A classic exchange between Zack and his very underutilized father, Derek Morris. No crying.

“Dad…is this the only way I can get through to you?”

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