A look back at cell phones — before the iPhone

In a world where text messaging is basically its own language and there’s an app to help with everything from tying your shoes to getting over your ex, it’s hard to imagine life before the cell phone. If you think back really hard (or, fine, just Google it) you might recall there was a time when instant communication wasn’t the norm… and ancient artifacts can still be found in some parts of the city as cold-hard proof. (Yes, we’re talking pay phones.)

So, as you daydream about the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, let’s reminisce about the old clunkers that got us where we are today.

NINA RUGGIERO