StarTAC Flip Phone, 1996

Summary

Motorola's StarTAC was the first flip phone. It was released in 1996, and its small, portable size and light weight (less than 4 ounces) helped make it popular among consumers for several years. The StarTAC's popularity helped everyday Americans develop a familiarity and comfort with cellphones.

Motorola's StarTAC was the first flip phone. It was released in 1996, and its small, portable size and light weight (less than 4 ounces) helped make it popular among consumers for several years. The StarTAC's popularity helped everyday Americans develop a familiarity and comfort with cellphones.

Artifact

Cellular telephone

Date Made

1996

Creators

Motorola, Inc. 

Place of Creation

Canada 

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Collections Platform

Object ID

97.51.9.0

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ameritech Corporate Archives.

Material

Plastic
Metal

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 5 in  (Handset)

Width: 2.375 in  (Handset)

Thickness : 0.875 in  (Handset)

Weight: 3.6 oz

Inscriptions

Handset: Star TAC / Ameritech / MOTOROLA FCC ID. IHDT 5VG 1EE3 / CANADA:109 182 238A; TYPE:VGKA / 832-2412 CHANNEL OPERATION / MODEL:80070WNBPA / MSN:572 GWZ8942Y

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