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May 14, 1995: Buy a $1 flip phone with 90-minute battery

Cellular phones were becoming more widely available when this ad appeared 20 years ago this week, but the cost and novelty still left most people scrambling for a pay phone to make a call away from home.

“Audio Al” at the Stereo Advantage was ready to offer a state-of-the-art Motorola flip phone for only a buck. This phone was half the size of the previous generation of brick phones and had twice the battery life: 90 minutes of talking on a single charge.

Of course, the voice-only technology is ancient by today’s standards, and the battery alone from this phone weighed more than today’s iPhone 6.

13 may 1995 cell phone

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