In recent years, smartphones have managed to completely take over our lives. We browse the web, play games, edit our pictures, book flights and much more than just communicate through them. But did you know that smartphones existed two decades ago?
Back in the early 1990s, IBM released a cell phone like no other – the Simon Personal Communicator. Simon was your average brick-like cell phone from the 20th century. However, it had something other phones of the time didn’t. Simon’s features included a fax machine, e-mail, pager, calendar, calculator, games, clock and even touchscreen. That’s right; the Simon smartphone had a functioning touchscreen, which was operated with fingers or a special stylus. Its price was $899 and IBM managed to sell nearly 50,000 Simons at that time.
Nowadays you probably wouldn’t be caught dead waving around a Simon smartphone, but there are still some collector willing to shell out the original price for a piece of communication history.