It seems like smartphones have been around forever, but the first iPhone was announced in 2007 and so what was around before the smartphone? This handy graphic from Lycamobile gives you a quick history lesson on the mobile phone and you have to go right back to the mid eighties for the first models. of course, back them they were a lot different to the phones we are used to today and a lot larger too. So, this is a quick question, what was your first mobile phone and in what year? Mine was a Motorola, it was like a brick and it was in the early nineties.