ROMs can extend the life of an old phone if you can’t afford to upgrade, but not all phones have good, stable ROMs. Installing a third-party ROM is not without risk—you could render your phone permanently frozen (unlikely) or cause it to become unstable (somewhat more likely). Still, something like CyanogenMod can add new life to an old phone.
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The "Brick" cell phone. The first cellular phone was the culmination of efforts begun at Bell Labs, which first proposed the idea of a cellular system in 1947, and continued to petition the FCC for channels through the 1950s and 1960s, and research conducted at Motorola. In 1960, John F. Mitchell, an electrical engineer who graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, became Motorola's chief engineer for its mobile communication products. Model, circa mid-1970's.
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Once upon a time, everyone had one of these. In basic black. It was a big deal when color was introduced. BTW, our phone company charges us a couple of dollars a month for "touch tone service" - c'mon - when WAS the last time anyone used a rotary dial?