Mobile phones 1985 to 2000

Mobile phones by year

Mobile phones 1985-86: Motorola 8000S, Mitsubishi Roamer, Technophone PC135

These are UK phones year by year. This is not an exhaustive list, but we have tried to capture a flavour of what people generally used. Apologies if we have missed your favourite model.

Analogue phones

1983

1985

  • Motorola DynaTAC 8000S
  • Technophone Excell M1/M2
  • Technophone PC105
  • British Telecom Opal (rebadged Motorola 8000S)
Mobile phones 1987-1988: NEC 9A, Motorola 8500X, Nokia Cityman 1320, Philips PRC30E, British Telecom Coral

1986

  • Mitsubishi Roamer (also marketed as BT Pearl or Racal-Vodac VP15)
  • Technophone PC115
  • Technophone PC135

1987

1988

  • British Telecom Coral (made by Kokusai)
  • Philips PRC30E (made by Kokusai)
  • Technophone PC205

Mobile phones 1989-90: Motorola MicroTAC 9800X, British Telcom Ivory, NEC P3

1989

  • Motorola MicroTAC 9800X
  • British Telcom Ivory (made by Hitachi)
  • OKi CDL 700E (Distributed through Martin Dawes in the UK)

1990

  • Motorola DynaTAC 8800X
  • NEC P3
  • Nokia Cityman 100
  • Nokia Cityman 190

1991

  • Motorola DynaTAC 8800X

Mobile phones from 1992: Motrolal Personal, Nokia 101, Sony CMH-333, Swatch Cell phone

1992

1993

  • BT Jade (rebadged NEC P100)
  • Ericsson EH237
  • NEC P100
  • Nokia 100
  • Some of the last analogue phones: Motrola 888, NEC P100, Nokia 232 and Sony CM-R111

1994

  • Motorola DynaTAC 8900X-2
  • Motorola 888
  • Nokia 232
  • Ericsson EH237
  • Sony CM-R111

1995

  • Motorola Flare L
  • NEC P800

1996

  • BT Jade II (rebadged NEC P800)
  • Motorola a130

1997

  • Nokia Ringo (available in the UK on Vodafone Pay as You Talk)

Digital phones 1991 to 2000

GSM phones 1993-4: Ericssn GH337, Motorola 5200, One2One M200, Nokia 2140

1991

1992

1993

1994

GSM phones 1995-6: Nokia 1610, Nokia 2110i, Nokia 8110, Motorola 7500, Ericsson GA318, Motorola StarTAC

1995

1996

GSM phones 1997-8: Ericsson GA628, Motorola d160(Memphis), Nokia 5110 and Nokia 6110

1997

1998

GSM phones 1999: Motorola Timeport L7089, Ericsson T28, Nokia 8210, Motorola v3688, Nokia 3210, Segem 815

1999

2000

 
 

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