By the early 1990s, Nokia was getting well established in the mobile business,
with a range of phones that included user-friendly display screens.
This early model had an aerial which needed to be extended to make calls.
By the time the Motorola International series of phones came out, in the mid-90s,
technology was improving to make mobiles smaller.
Phones were also becoming more capable, as they took advantage
of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM).
This mobile standard enabled text messaging, among other new features.
This 1997 mobile phone is one of the earliest examples of the clam-shell design.
The Nokia 2110, launched in 1995, was capable of little more than calls and text messages. It came in any colour you could want, so long as that was black.
This Ericsson phone, launched in 1999, included a ringtone composer,
two games (Tetris and Solitaire) and vibrate alert.
The Nokia 3210 was an enormously popular phone, thanks in part to its ease of use
but it also the included Snake game and the fact that
you could personalise it by changing its covers.