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RadioShack Commercial From 1989 for the “Most Powerful, Transportable, Cellular Phone System” is Awesome


“Go where you wanna go, call when you wanna call!” Sing it with me!

Cheers Josh!

  • JazzoRenee

    I come here mainly for the comments hahahhaa

  • Marshall Griffiss

    I remember that time Very Well. My first phone was mounted in my blazer. It was a Nokia. Best phone EVER. I could make a call from any place.

  • smisa27

    I think Apple had a patent on that. Isn’t that what the new patent war is about?

  • VZWIndirect

    Does it have an unlocked Bootloader?

  • RoninX

    Imagine if cars were like cell phones…

    You would be able to buy a car with the performance of a Porsche 911 and the fuel economy of a Prius, and it would only cost $10,000.


    That would be the subsidized price for buying a car on-contract from an oil company. You would also have to sign a five-year contract for $1000/month that covered up to 50 gallons/month. Additional gallons over this limit would be $100/each.

    Also, you would only be able to fill up from stations owned by your car’s oil company. So if you have an Exxon car, but are surrounded by Shell stations, you’re out of luck.

    Furthermore, your car’s hood would be emblazoned with the logo of your oil company. This hood would be locked and only your dealer would have the key. Unlocking your hood would automatically void your warranty.

    Alternately, you could buy an unlocked version of your car for $70,000. You would then be free to service or modify your car, but you would still need to buy a $1000/month contract if you wanted to put gas in your car.

  • KRS_Won

    Who was driving the boat?

    • Sp4rxx

      he was calling up the manufacturer to mail him a manual since the boat didn’t come with one….

  • Jive Turkey

    Do this be one of dem free Obama phones? I needs to be gettin’ me one.

  • socalrailroader

    Yep, and 23 years from now our cell phones will look just as outdated, I don’t get this “let’s make fun of old tech by comparing it to today’s tech”. It was those “big things” that made the “little things” possible 🙂

  • ScottM

    Holy crap, I actually had one of those. That was my first “cell phone”. Brings back a lot of memories, mostly bad memories…

  • cheezer88

    Only 799…after you save 350.

  • TheKenDroid4

    If I had that battery purse for my T-bolt, I’ll bet I could make it past four hours without a recharge.

  • easy1jay

    The next big thing is already here?

  • faber

    lol, comments crack me up

  • faber

    lol….comment s crack me up

  • eddy

    nice mustache!! Matches nicely with the phone

  • John Jenness

    Wow, $799 back then might as well have been a million bucks!

  • abqnm

    Verizon is announcing this next week as the Motorola Droid BRIK.

  • S2556

    I sure hope Verizon doesn’t pass on this one!!

  • Clint O

    Can we get an AOKP port please?

  • Executor 32

    My mom used to have a ridiculously big Radio Shack phone like that back in 1995, when she was doing a weekend paper route for extra Christmas cash. It came with a carry bag, though, which had separate compartments for the cellular radio and the battery (the biggest part of the phone), with a magnetic thing on the outside of the bag to clip the corded handset on.

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  • ddevito

    Can it be rooted?

  • Still have this phone, didn’t want to lose my unlimited data

  • XvierX

    I’ll wait for the “developer edition”. =p

  • nightscout13

    $799?? After $340 savings? And people are bitchin about a $200 upgrade cost…..

    • That was 23 years ago bro. Times change.

    • abqnm

      With inflation, that comes to $1484.46…
      And just for reference, the $199 upgrade cost would have been $107.11 in 1989.

  • talkdj

    I had one of those (I also had a moto 10 channel head end with a harris transmitter) was it a mittsubishi or an audiovox? Don’t remember…..still wish I had my Moto brick phone like the one Michael Dougals used on the beach watching the sun come up in the movie Wall Street, I loved that phone.

  • duke69111

    I wonder if this thing actually go signal anywhere?

    • kendokan

      You’d be surprised how much better voice quality we got back then.

  • Diablo81588

    All month battery life!

  • JoeTi

    That’s awesome!! It would surprise you how many bag phones I sold in 2008 that were not all that much smaller.

  • Work Procrastinator

    Interesting that the price of a phone is about the same price after all these years.

    • kendokan

      Capabilities aren’t though. Back then? No screen. No data. No texting. No cameras. No Bluetooth. No call waiting. You could make a phone call, and you could receive a phone call. And… yeah, that was it.

  • Steve S

    I don’t know what is more amazing…that phone or the fact that Radio Shack is still in business!

  • Leo

    Business is slow today huh lol

  • RoadsterHD1

    Don’t make them like that anymore. Good times!!!

  • RoadsterHD1

    I just upgraded from that. It was a great phone. 😉

  • and people still complain about the prices for current phones … just be happy your money isn’t going towards bricks !

  • HuskerHog

    I had one of these that would only connect to the cigarette light in the car.

  • I think it has a bigger battery than my MAXX!

    • talkdj

      I think it has a bigger battery than my ‘vette!

  • schmaltzy

    Still better than an iPhone!

  • Wow that makes my Motorola Razr look kick ass!!

  • Look how far we’ve come.

    Isn’t capitalism and the profit motive great?

  • I wonder what coverage and speeds were at that time? lol

  • HotRodJohnson

    Radio Shack Nexus!

  • jroth

    Does this support Tethering at .00001kbs?

  • Don Demon

    Im feeling old.

  • Still a better map than iOS Maps.

  • Tony Byatt

    I love the top comment for that video…

  • Baconator

    Ya! Save $340 😀 TAKE MY MONEY!

  • DanWazz

    Activated this through Pacific Bell, so I could “reach out and touch someone.”

  • al brown

    hell, bet it gets ICS before the bionic

    • shehippie

      LOL…you seriously just made me choke on my coffee! :p

    • leoingle

      You sir win the comment of the week. Tell him what’s he’s won Bob!

    • S.Ober

      WTF is Radio Shack

    • Jonbo298

      Darnit, I’m only the 99th one to upvote this. So much win

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  • richard melcher

    If I could get 4G at work I would carry around a box that big.

  • Chris Marquardt

    OMG I remember when those first came out. The “Brick” was the in thing back then. Just after your TV remote control was your kids. Thanks for reminding me how old I am 🙂

    • kendokan

      The Motorola brick was my first cellular phone. Frankly the digital coverage is just now getting to the point where it’s as reliable as the old analog networks.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Most excellent and transportable. Two people required. The word “carrier” gets a completely new meaning! (and I love the bubbly Radio Shack logo)

  • ace

    Haha…My dad had one of those huge Motorola bag phones. It looked like a purse.

    • Telly S

      It probably was a purse and he told you it was a phone. Did the color of his purse match his high heels, er, work boots?

  • T4rd

    I still have mine. Sitting my my upgrade to see what’s around the corner because that’s what everyone keeps telling me to do.

  • Michael G

    Bet it received Jelly Bean before the Nexus.

    • TomStieger

      Before the Bionic gets ICS you mean!

      • Michael G

        lol Will it ever?!