Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Motorola MicroTAC


Today I want to share with you something from the past. Its one of the pioneers of the mobile industry. MOTOROLA Micro T-A-C Mobile.

This morning I went at a local garrage sale and I bought this phone:

It doesn't have a charger but battery is probably dead so I will store it as it is... anyway ...the Motorola MicroTAC was a cellular phone first manufactured as an analog version in 1989. GSM-compatible and TDMA/Dual-Mode versions were introduced only by 1994. The MicroTAC introduced an innovative new "flip" design, where the "mouthpiece" folded over the keypad, although the "mouthpiece" was actually located in the base of the phone, along with the ringer. This set the standard and became the model for modern flip phones today.

FUN FACT: it seems the engineers where much ahead of their time on the antenna design, the Motorola MicroTAC from 1989 had a fake external antenna because at the time people did not believe in internal antennas, so Motorola had to add a fake one in the outside even though it had an internal one! 

This phone had 3 breakthroughs and inovations:

- first flip design

- internal antenna

- fake antenna, just for public opinion 

The phone I got needs a 900Mhz full business card size SIM... could still run in some areas of my country... in the mountains there still are 2g and 3 g antennas. Does any operator still have such SIMS? :)

D1-Club by Motorola
This model was made for Telekom (model D1)
Very nice layout keyboard 

1 comment:

  1. Quick input on Numberingplans indicate the imei is model international 5200, i got several international GSM and numerous analog ones, loved the design and durability, most of my collections still turned on even with missing pieces or broken casing. I really recommend to at least try to turn it on.