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The car phone system weighed 14kg, had a 45cm handset. The handset cost nearly $5000, or $17,000 in today's terms.
It cost an additional $350 to install and required a radio transmitter be attached to the boot of the car. It could store 16 numbers and alerted owners of a call by honking the car's horn or flashing its headlights.
NEC gifted Telecom with a gold-plated mobile phone (pictured), which Telstra claims to be possibly one of the first "blinged out" phones in the world.