Austria's Michael Tritscher and Italy's Alberto Tomba talk on cell phones as they await their awards on November 19, 1995, after the Men's World Cup Slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo. Tritscher finished in first, and Tomba in third.
Michiko Matsuo of Kyocera Corp. displays the company's new Personal Handy-Phone System (PHS) mobile phone known as the DataScope DS-110.
The DataScope had IBM's ChipCard computer and weighed 175 grams. It was capable of accessing computer networks, transferring data, and using a wireless modem by inserting it into a personal computer's PCMCIA type II slot.
Kyocera was introduced to the Japanese market in February 1997 with a street price of around 50,000 yen (US$406).
Michael Armstrong (left), chairman and CEO of AT&T, holds up a new cellular telephone while describing a new AT&T phone service at a June 1998 press conference in New York. Also pictured is John Malone, chairman and CEO of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI).
The two announced that AT&T and TCI would merge in a transaction valued at approximately $48 billion. The merged companies provided customers with unified telephone service, cable television, and Internet access.
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Cuban President Fidel Castro talks on a cell phone before the second working session of the VIII Ibero American Summit at the Alfandega press center October 18, 1998, in Porto, Portugal.
The R250 PRO dual-band phone was the first mobile phone to support both GSM phase 2+ technology and the GSM Pro system, which allowed users the then-unique opportunity to combine the advantages of GSM phones with Private Mobile Radio functionality.
R250 PRO was marketed as "the perfect working tool for outdoor communications in tough environments." Equipped with GORE TEX membranes and rubber gaskets, the phone had a sturdy magnesium frame and rubber molding.
In Beijing, two women working for Nokia help promote the company's mobile phones at a shopping mall. In 1999, China had more than 23 million mobile telephone subscribers. In 2012, there were well more than 1 billion people subscribing to mobile phone services in China.
Rosalie Chong, marketing officer for Sony Personel IT, displays the CMD-Z18 at a press preview on August 1, 2000, in Hong Kong. The newest handset supported both WAP (wireless application protocol) and Web (.html standard) functions, enabling users to surf online from anywhere.