First Cordless Phone : 1976It’s instructive to see what used to be considered revolutionary technology.

In 1976, this cordless portaphone claimed to be the “World’s First Cordless Extension Telephone.” Note some of its most interesting features:

  • You can take it anywhere, even in your bathtub (weren’t there liability laws in 1976?)
  • Receives calls or dials out (wow!)
  • 100% Solid-State Reliability. No moving parts to wear out. (but what about that rotary dial??)
  • Ni-Cad batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 times giving you a useful life of 7 to 8 years (that seems awfully long by today’s phone technology standards)
  • Includes the electronic transponder box (not sure what THAT looks like)

All this high-tech communications for only $395.00. There must not be any carrier subsidies on this phone!

What’s revolutionary today? What will we think of today’s iPhone 3GS in 2042?