While folks today complain about how expensive phones are, it's worth remembering that far, far crappier phones cost a whole heck of a lot more a mere five years ago – and don't even ask what you could get for double that price ten years ago!
For example, let's look at, say, 1982 (four years before my birth, holla!). In 1982, a Motorola DynaTAC 8000X cost $3,995. The phone had a battery life of an hour and weighed more than two pounds! The DynaTAC was the kind of phone we parodied in our post a few months back on the most embarrassing cell phone commercials on the internet, which included phones by GE and Radio Shack. It took thirteen years for phones to become smaller and lighter. By the time the Motorola StarTAC was released, in 1996, phones could fit into pockets and were weighing around 3.1 ounces, but they still cost triple digits to own.
Phones with web-surfing abilities came into the mix, three years later, and the cost of cell phones has since decreased dramatically. In 1999, the Nokia 7110 was the first phone to offer web browsing. At $475, it cost a pretty penny, but nowhere near as much as mobile phones cost a mere six years earlier. Since then, phones have gotten only slimmer, faster and cheaper, but it's worth remembering that even the cost of the iPhone has been slashed in half since it was first introduced in 2007.
With more price points than any other platform, Android has achieved the success it has by appealing to folks looking for low, mid, high, and very high-range phones. But it's not just the Android platform that has seen prices diversify; mobile phones across the boards have become cheaper to produce, and feature phones especially have seen costs decline dramatically.
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