Buying a Cellular or Paging Instrument

When the cellular telephone was first introduced to the public toward the middle of the 1980s, the only type of instrument available was, as one manufacturer described it in the literature, the “vehicle-mounted subscriber radio unit.” This “unit,” however, consisted of several components. The handset, together with a cradle to which it was connected with the usual coiled cord, was similar to many of the home or business telephones. The cradle was generally mounted in a convenient location in the driver’s area of the vehicle; on the dashboard within reach of the driver, or in the space between the driver’s and the front passenger’s seat. The vehicle’s wireless transceiver was separate from the handset ...

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