The first mobile phone I ever owned was a Nokia 1611.

It did have a display, so it was possible to compose text messages and see incoming phone numbers, but that was about it. Still, it had enough features to become a daily companion.

When my history teacher, Sören Lokrantz, caught me texting during his class, he taught me a valuable life lesson. He asked me:

Teacher: “Do you know what made slaves into slaves?”

Me: “Eh …?”

Teacher: “The fact that they were permanently available.

Ever since that day, I try to be mindful of how I adapt to new technologies.

Master technology — never be a slave to it. Be mindful of who's in charge of your life. It should be you! Tweetable


  1. I started with the Nokia 1610. I thought that the 1611 was so cool because the possibility to use a solar powered battery to prolong the 30 minutes of talk time :)

    •  @rutberg I know! But I never got the solar battery for some reason. I can’t quite remember what the difference was between the 1611 and 1610, but I sort of remember they looked the same.

    • Awesome analysis! Interesting that the weight doesn’t seem as important as so many of us thought at the beginning as the cell phones started to become smaller and then, to your point, bigger again. 
      Interesting also how we used to talk about smartphones, but we hardly do anymore. We sort of expect all phones to be smart these days.
      And yes, I had a few more Nokia phones after this one, but after the James Bond Limited Edition I switched and never looked back! :)

  2. This must be epic if you still have this in your pockets. But this isn’t a thing to ashamed with.  Nokia low tech phones are the one we all had since the evolution of mobile phones started.

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