August 25, 2004

Research Question

My wee wifey was watching the video of one of her favorite movies, Ladies Who Do, the other night. It is about a group of cleaning ladies who outwit a dastardly greedy developer who is plotting to have their homes condemned so he can put up luxury residences. I happened by during the scene when, to prove what a bigshot he was, they showed him getting a call on a telephone in his limousine.

This is something I've tried researching, without success. Could someone point me toward information regarding the cost of mobile radio telephones in the pre-cellular days? I remember the call going thru a "land operator" and being half-duplex (push to talk) but I have no idea how the cost compares with mobile telephony today.

Posted by triticale at August 25, 2004 09:28 PM

I'm not sure, though I had friends who lived and worked in rural areas around Reno, NV. One of them had a radio phone in his SUV. This was back in '84-85ish. I'm not sure those were around in the 60s though.

Posted by: Kin at August 26, 2004 10:53 AM
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