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Vodafone VT1 Transportable UK’s first ‘mobile’ phone, provides 30 minutes talk in £4,600

Vodafone VT1 Transportable UK’s first ‘mobile’ phone, provides 30 minutes talk in £4,600

LONDON: Vodafone VT1 Transportable was the UK’s first ‘mobile’ phone. The size of a breeze block had 30 minutes of talk time and cost £1,650 the equivalent of £4,600 in today’s money.

But the Vodafone VT1 Transportable was about as groundbreaking as air travel when it was unveiled 30 years ago.

The first mobile phone call from Michael Harrison to his father, Sir Ernest Harrison, the first Chairman of Vodafone was made on this contraption on 1 January, 1985 from Parliament Square in London.

The Transportable weighed 11lbs and gave you a heady 30 minutes’ action from a 10-hour charge.