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You think your Mobile Phone is expensive? Check out this Mobile Phone Pricing Plan from the 1980s!
When Gary Burton decided to pick up a new phone for his classic eighties car, he thought, “Why not add the ultimate eighties car accessory, the cellphone?” So he hit the antique mall and picked up a Uniden phone. That in itself is pretty great, but what he found with the phone is even more magical. A copy of the Cellular One phone plan.
As you will see, what we see as complexity in our phone plans, is nothing compared the menu of choice you had back in the eighties (I think late eighties). If you were to pick any of the plan that included minutes, they are all local and at $99.99 you are still only getting 360 of those local minutes. That doesn’t even include the $30 activation fee and what I assume are a bunch of taxes, plus whatever the phone guy is going to charge you to hook this up in your car.
It makes today’s phones look simple and downright affordable by comparison. I wonder if, in 30 years, people will look back at how much we pay for what we get and laugh at the simplicity of our current phones and the limitation of our phone plans? (No Mars texting included??? That is sooo shazbot!)
*Thanks to Gary for sharing this find with us and allowing us to post this here.