What phones were there in the 1990s?
The first cell phone to be made was in 1981. It was launched in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and was called the Nordic Mobile Telephone. Cell phones first became widely available in the early 1990s when newer technology made it more affordable, but it wasn't until the late 1990s (after 1997/98) when they became increasingly common.
(Another contributor wrote:) Bell's original telephone was invented in 1876. Pushbutton touchtone phones started in the 1960s. There were portable mobile phones, usually referred to as car phones, in the late '70s or early '80s, but only the super-rich had them. Modern mobile phones started becoming affordable and popular during the 1990s.