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15 memories of early mobile phones kids today will never understand

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

1. Tapping out texts on the buttons like it was Morse code

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Cycling through letters every click.

2. And the skill of being able to type in your pocket thanks to those wonderful buttons

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3. The fact that there was a game called Snake – and it was the only thing worth playing

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Beating your high score would consume you.

4. And then Snake II came along and you could go THROUGH the wall

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Big moments.

5. Your personality was completely and utterly summed up by your ringtone choice

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Downloading them seemed like a great idea.

6. And you could make up your own ringtone by just pressing different keys

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“I’m going to recreate that song by The Thrills!”

7. Flip phones were seen as the height of sophistication at one point in the not too distant past

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8. Bedazzled phone covers were a legitimate way to express yourself too


9. As was having a phone where the sides lit up

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10. Going online using the browser was absolutely gas craic*

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*painfully slow, and barely ever worked.

And the letters WAP meant something to you.

11. There was a while everyone went absolutely mad for the N-Gage

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It was short lived.

12. And then this monstrosity

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13. Receiving a text looked like this

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14. And this was the sophisticated form of picture messaging everyone used

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15. And finally… it’s impossible to replicate the pure satisfaction of flipping your flip phone shut

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And opening, and closing. Again and again – because it was fun for some reason.

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