Upgrading Mom’s mobile phone

29 January 2014Technology

Over the weekend, my sister and I bought my Mom an unlocked iPhone 5s from our local Apple Store. It is a significant upgrade from my Mom’s previous phone, a Sanyo SCP-4500 which she’s had for over a decade. Feeling a bit nostalgic about her old clunker, I searched for ‘Sanyo SCP-4500’ and found a rather amusing (in hindsight) press release from back in June 10, 2000 when the phone first went on sale (emphasis added):

Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today introduced its newest dot com ready phone, the SANYO SCP-4500, a powerful hands-free communications device that features a built-in speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and a personal memo recorder.

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To take advantage of Clearnet’s new Wireless Web Services, the SCP-4500 also features a built-in microbrowser and a large five-line display. In September, Clearnet introduced Canada’s first flat-rate wireless Internet service, allowing Clearnet PCS and Mike clients to surf interactive financial, news, directory, gaming and other Internet sites on their digital wireless phones for one low monthly fee.

A lot has changed in mobile technology since 2000: Clearnet Communications was acquired by Telus Corporation; Sanyo sold its cellphone division to Kyocera; Apple and Google joined the party.

Sanyo SCP-4500 and iPhone 5s

Before and after: Mom’s previous mobile phone beside her new one.

While the iPhone 5s my Mom upgraded to is at the cuttting edge of technology today, I wonder how laughable its product announcement will sound in 2028?

Apple® today announced iPhone® 5s, the most forward-thinking iPhone yet, featuring an all-new A7 chip, making iPhone 5s the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including an all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger.

Only time will tell.