That Gagdet | Enrique Dans: my first phone ... mobile?
Enrique Dans, professor at the Instituto de Empresa and passionate about gadgets, talks about his first mobile phone, an Ericsson that had cost half a million pesetas, although, recalls Dans, "calling that device weighing around four kilos weight was like considering its carriers little less than bodybuilders. " With it we start a new section in Xataka in which prominent bloggers and technology experts look back and discover the ancestors of today's gadgets. Without further ado, we leave you with Enrique ...
By Enrique Dans
Asking me to look back may have its danger ... I begin to enter complex of "technological dinosaur" ... I remember that the first mobile phone I had was an Ericsson. I also remember that it was black, that it had a huge and heavy battery that served as its base, and an earphone attached to it by a typical spiral cable. It had cost around half a million old pesetas.
About a year later, if I remember correctly, the landline phone came to the area, and my father got the same supplier who had sold it to buy it back for about half.
Actually, calling that device weighing around four kilos “mobile phone” was like considering its carriers to be little less than bodybuilders, but it already had all the “morbid and sexy” aspect that new technologies continue to have for me today.
The device came home because my parents, who were spending increasing periods of time in a chalet eighteen kilometers from La Coruña, already desperately needed a common thread with the outside world. Just thinking about it impresses: I don't know exactly when this was, maybe fifteen years ago, but these were times when rural cellular access telephony (TRACS) had not yet been developed, so there simply was no option for, in certain areas, be connected to the world.
Trying to imagine today a place where completely incommunicado people live by telephone leads us mentally to travel through steppes, deserts or developing countries ... About fifteen years ago, those types of sites were eighteen kilometers from a city and in them people lived "the most normal and civilized" ... We speak of a time when to call my then girlfriend, today my wife, had to travel several kilometers to reach a cabin in an old train station, which still causes us smiles as we walk past.
The device in question (it would be difficult to refer to it as a "gadget"), which I got to use very little because I intuit that the cost of the calls must be prohibitive, spent most of the time at home, connected to a wall socket . Sometimes it was carried in the car, which had required a special installation consisting of a microphone and a small outdoor antenna that gave it a very "sophisticated", a little "spy" look.
If someone asked you what that was, you would look carelessly, with a soft drop of eyes you would say that “naah, it's the phone antenna”… and you would flirt for sure. It was very expensive, very exclusive, and only justifiable for reasons of "force majeure." However, "you could see ways": I don't want to be "visionary", but it was difficult not to see that monster as something that, at a certain time, would be in cars or even in everyone's pocket.
But it is also interesting to see the different speed at which technology was moving then: between that "heavyweight" and my first "pocket" or "really mobile" mobile phone that Airtel gave me when no one had one yet, they still had to pass about five years ...
Uffff ... I'm going to sleep. Forcing my Meninges of Abuelito Cebolleta has left me exhausted :-)
Enrique Dans is a professor at the Instituto de Empresa, passionate about gadgets, a prolific blogger and a keen observer of current technological news. Those who are interested in following their analysis and disquisitions can do so through their weblog El Blogs de Enrique Dans, in their columns in the newspaper Expansión or in Libertad Digital.