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?