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IN PICTURES: 30 years of going mobile

August 9, 2011, marked the 30th Anniversary of the launch of Australia's first public mobile network, the PAMTS or 007 network. The country’s first mobile call was made when Telecom’s Managing Director, Bill Pollock, was driving in Melbourne and called Telecom’s Chief Commissioner, Tom May, in Sydney, officially launching the new service.

  • Handover of “tape” powering the 007/PAMTS network: An executive from NEC provides Telecom Australia with the “tape” powering the 007/PAMTS network.

  • The ad says it all

  • Demonstrating Telecom's mobile phone

  • User Manual - Telecom's Mobile Phone: The cover of the two-page car phone users manual

  • Telecom car phone advertising images

  • Electronics Australia cover - January 1984

  • John Burgess shows off the car phone: The legendary John Burgess, one of the first in the country to have a car phone in the early 1980s, shows off the country's first mobile phone powered by the country's first mobile network - 007/PAMTS - which launched 30 years ago this month.

  • John Burgess shows off the car phone: The legendary John Burgess, one of the first in the country to have a car phone in the early 1980s, shows off the country's first mobile phone powered by the country's first mobile network - 007/PAMTS - which launched 30 years ago this month.

  • Gold plated car phone: Possibly the world’s first “blinged out” car phone – gold plated phone given to Telecom as a gift from NEC

  • 007/PAMTS Network Growth Targets

  • 007/PAMTS Network Flowchart

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