Memories Of My First Mobile Phone

If you live in Kenya, then you know the hottest news right now is that the mobile provider Zain has lowered its calling costs to kshs.3 per minute across all networks and it’s not from midnight to just before dawn. No. It’s for the whole day and night. NO TERMS, NO CONDITIONS they say. Only time will tell.

This brings to me memories of the very first phone i had. See when i first acquired a phone, it was on a Zain offer and consequently had a Zain line. Back then, it was called Kencell and we all loved it. That was before Safaricom came and swept us off our feet with per second billing. So Kencell it was.

Prior to owning a phone, i had fantasized about, agonized over and prayed about it, all in equal measure. I was a teenager then and I could not think of anything more exciting! MY OWN mobile phone. The mobile phone craze was still new so i (as many others) did not know what was what. I remember approaching my elder brother and asking him what’s the difference between ‘Nokia’ and ‘Kencell’ :-)

One day just like that, my mother (mums are sweet!)  gave me kshs 6000 .So it was then I finally acquired an Alcatel 331 @Kshs5999! I don’t even remember taking my 1bob change.

I was ecstatic! I had a phone!

It was blue. And small. I loved it. It stored the messages from my sweetheart which I’d go over and over. It fitted on my palm just right. I always took it with me everywhere (but to the shower) and when i slept, then it was under my pillow.

The memories of my first mobile phone always bring a smile to my face. It signified freedom and…love. However my husband (the aforementioned sweetheart) thinks am going overboard when i refer to it as ‘my first love’. lol

Wonder what y’ll had for your first phones?

22 comments for “Memories Of My First Mobile Phone

  1. September 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Hahahahaha!r u sure u never took t wth u to the loo?i rem the story of the gurl who almst died when she tried to retrieve ha phone whch had fallen into a pit latrine!hehe

    • September 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

      @Owaahh What a heartbreak! Now you know why I didn’t wonna take chances?

  2. September 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    ‘my first love’ ….Sweets, seriously. How can you compare me to a mobile phone. I mean, Alcatel 331? I would rather if it was at least a smart phone :) I remember ‘MY FIRST LOVE’ like you put it was a brand new Nokia 3310 at a cool Ksh 9,950 exclusive of a sim card that was going for about 1k after discount….

    • September 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      I remember your 3310. You handled it with UTMOST care…i was jealous! What happened to it in the end by the way?

  3. September 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    My first in Kenya was the Samsung A35 World Cup edition from Safaricom – It was very basic, cost 5,500, but came with a backpack, football, and a Safaricom line. At that time the choice was almost 50/50 between Kencell and Safaricom, but this bargain off tipped me green, and I’ve never vuka’d

    • September 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      That was a whole lot of goodies for Kshs.5500! And then what loyalty! MJ should read this.

  4. September 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Mine was a Sagem! Can’t even remember the make but i think i bought it at 5k!

    • September 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      Must have been Sagem 3020. Was it grey with a wide ‘face’ ?

      • September 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

        LOL!! ati with white face?? I think it was 3220 o sth..i rememba the two 2s thea…

  5. Duncan
    September 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

    My first phone was a Motorolla l6i. I got it after my outstanding performance in KCSE,yani being the village hero..lol.

    • September 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      Well deserved! You must have been proud..

  6. September 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Being a late bloomer. My first was a Nokia 1100 which my mama got for me as I was getting into campo.
    That was in 2005 [I said I was a late bloomer didn’t I?]

    Hahaha, you asked the difference between a Nokia and Kencell?

    • September 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      If you were just getting into campo that wasn’t late. Mums are sweet! I see you’d agree.
      Ha! I thought Kencell or Safaricom were handset makes!

  7. September 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Mine was a big Bosch (can’t remember the specific model), big antennae, orange in color and it would glow when someone called. When the batts died, there was never a single shop I could get spare batts so I had to move on!

  8. Bob
    September 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Mine was a Nokia 3310.bought it from Petty Errands when they were trying out their hand in mobiles for the first time.quite a bargain it was.

    • September 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      2 votes for Nokia 3310. This phone had 9 lives. You could be rained on with it, drop it 77X7 times and it still functioned as new!

  9. ANNE KIMATHI
    October 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    mine was a blue Siemens a36 with an external aerial and soft buttons bought for me by hubby. i treasured it and held unto it for years until one day my sister jokingly referred to it as “bunduki” (gun) and i knew it was time to shape up.i reluctantly acquired another but still retained the bunduki for use at home.later as my attachment to it faded i gave it to a friend.

    • October 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

      Haha, I remember that phone. At some point the writings of the keyboard would came off…

  10. October 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    @otienohongo mine too lmao!
     
    What a great post! brought back memories :-)
     
    Cheers.

  11. Chus
    March 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    OH MY!!! That was my first phone too. The Kencell offer. It was also blue in colour and by the time I was done with it, the keypad was totally erased! Oh that phone was so so sweet! Mine went to the loo with me! and even fell in on one occasion, but was fished, washed by my bro in Calvin Klein Obsession and taken to some guy in town and it came back to life. Aaah, the memories of that phone, very dear.

  12. Wa Wandu
    April 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    None of you had a T10 with its flap? Got it at a cool 11k and it lasted a good 5 years. Now those were the days. Thanks MrsMwiti for making me remember….

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