When I was looking for information about the Cellnet hack I came across this on another forum...
Vodafone and Cellnet used to be £60 per month each (1989, my first mobile), you pretty much had to subscribe to both because the networks were so useless and you could switch between them and hope for a better signal.
I paid 3 grand for the phone, £120 a month for the line rental and my bills were regularly £500 per month, and surprisingly it was still a good investment. Everybody wanted to see it and make calls on it so it generated a lot of business for me.
I had the thing (an Excell M2, which was crap) stolen after about 6 months and the insurance paid off the lease. I then bought a second hand Nokia Cityman for £950 pounds and absolutely loved it! I have owned dozens of phones since then and that is still my favourite. Looking at it now it's hard to believe but they were so cutting edge, the best phone around when almost nobody owned a mobile. It was like owning a Veryon!
Edit to say I just checked through some old paperwork and it was actually 1988! Christ that dates me.
When I was a kid inn the 70s a guy in the next street had a phone in his car, I dread to think what it cost then.
1979 Dawes Fox
1982 Dawes Super Galaxy