I remember attending a public event with a US Government Cabinet Secretary in the early 1980s when an advance man pulled one of these "cell" phones out of a black bag to call someone at the White House. I was amazed at the ability of this instrument to transmit and receive calls without wires, and its compact size.
Never owned one myself and hoped that someday they'd be cheaper to use.
And so it goes.
Anyone own one of these things? Fess up.