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posted: 3/15/2013 12:01 AM

Poll Vault: When did you get your first mobile phone?

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  • The first handheld mobile phone was developed by Motorola in the 1970s. Users dubbed it "the brick."

      The first handheld mobile phone was developed by Motorola in the 1970s. Users dubbed it "the brick."
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The hubbub surrounding Samsung's new Galaxy S IV phone, unveiled last night, makes me marvel over how the industry has changed over the years.

The number of U.S. cellphone subscriptions in 1985 was 340,213, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association.

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By 2011, the trade group says, there were upward of 315.9 million wireless subscriptions in this country -- a mind-blowing figure that exceeds our total population.

When did you get your first mobile phone? Was it a "brick," like the DynaTac model developed in the 1970s by Motorola?

How many cellphones have you had over the years? Who is your carrier?

When did you switch -- assuming you have switched -- to a smartphone?

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