Just FYI, the original mobile phone cell network in the US was called AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System). You mght be surprised to find out that the FCC only required the discontinuation of AMPS in 2008 so up to that point you could in fact have used this old phone.
Speaking of which, this phone in particular was the Motorola Dynatac 8000X, which interestingly, now belongs to Google as part of their acquisition of Motorola. So, Android users out there, voila! there's a lineage to be proud of. The 8000X weighed 8 pounds by the way and had a 30 minute talk time battery life.
And one thing about Android platform and why they're so more highly prone to malware is that it's an open market, many many apps are not piped through the Google service but can be grabbed from bittorrents and the like. I realize anybody can put apps on their iOS device and get around the Apple Store but that's nowhere near the level of Android's open...ness. Whatever the word is.
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