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A Motorola International 3200 mobile phone (bottom), with its manual and charger, and also a modern Nokia 3210 phone for comparison (top).
The Motorola International 3200 was the first digital hand-size mobile telephone introduced in 1992, along with the more compact 5200, 7200 and 7500 "flip phones" introduced in 1994. It was preceded by the International 1000, which was the first GSM portable phone.
The International 3200 was designed to supplant phones using the original analog cell technology developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s and first commercially available in 1983. Because of the 3200's GSM technology, existing units will still operate on any current 900MHz GSM networks operating to this day.
Like other mobile phones that preceded it, the 3200's shape (and size) resembled an elongated brick, with the numeric buttons on the narrow side, along with the earphone and microphone. In Germany, it was called knochen, due to the resemblance in shape between it and a bone. Designed to work solely in the GSM 900 MHz band, the flexible "rubber duck" antenna was two-thirds as long as the phone's case. The phone contained 21 buttons the standard number pad, plus nine others:
It was severely limited in what information it could show due to the small dot matrix LCD. The handset couldn't receive or send SMS messages. The International 3300 was an improved version, which could receive SMS.
Equipped with a 750mAh battery which required 5 hours to charge, the phone lasted 8 hours in Stand-by or 30 minutes (continuous, weak signal) to 1 hour (short calls, good signal) of talk time. A 1500mAh battery was also offered as an option, requiring 10 hours to charge, with 16 hour of stand-by time or up to 2 hours of talk time.
Motorola also worked with Bosch to introduce the "Bosch Cartel S" phone. It was an identical copy of the Motorola International 3200, but with some cosmetic changes: it had white buttons and a Bosch battery, no charger plug, and no Motorola sign on its aerial.
Motorola also manufactured other models of mobile telephones in the same "brick" style as the International 3200, such as the Motorola Ultra Classic, the DynaTAC 8000x/8500x/8800x, and the "California" phone.
Motorola phones by series
A760 A780 A835
A845 A910 A925 A1000 A1600 A1800
C115 C168/C168i C350 C550 C139 C620
E365 E398 E680 E770 E815 E1000
EM25/EM325 EM326g EM28/EM330 EM30 EM35
i710 i860 i870 i920/i930 i880 i455 i9
Q Q8 Q9h Q9c Q9m Q11
V60i V180 V188 V190 V220 V265 V276 V325 V360 V400 V525 V550 V551 V557 V600 V620 V635 V710 V980
W156/W160 W175/W180 W181 W206/W213 W220 W230 W270 W370 W377 W385 W510
Z6c Z6w Z6tv Z9
FONE F3 KRZR K1 KRZR K1m KRZR K2 VIZR KRZR K3 KRZR K3m MING MOTO Z6c PEBL RAZR RAZR maxx RAZR 2 RIZR Z3 RIZR/ROKR Z6 ROKR Z6m RIZR Z8 RIZR Z10 ROKR E1 ROKR E2 ROKR E3 ROKR E6 ROKR E8 ROKR W5 SLVR L2 SLVR L6 SLVR L7 SLVR L9/L72 SCPL ZINE ZN5
CLIQ Devour Droid DynaTAC MicroTAC International 3200 StarTac VE538
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