Don't call me - I'll call you
4) Back in the days of Get Smart, Max had a shoe phone. Enterprising makers of novelty phones made and sold them, too, but they had no function other than that of a normal phone.
We are now used to amazing phones. One of the Bond movies actually used a brand name cell phone as one of its gadgets for the film. In the last decade of the 20th century, satellite phones were at the front of technology for the X-files. They might have fit in a large shoe box, and reception was catch as catch can.
camera phone by emrank on Flickr
Cell phones, once esoteric high tech for spies, are in every back pocket, and we take them for granted. They can make phone calls around the globe, take digital photographs, text messages, act as a GPS, record audio and video, access the Internet, send and receive email, and when you are bored with every other function - you can play games on them. They can act as MP3 players (giving you the scoop on where the motion detectors are located around the embassy), hold micro SD cards for any memory needs, and act as eBook readers, so you can get the updates for the CIA Factbook as soon as it is released.
While you can pick one up at the local Radio Shack or a kiosk in the mall, the same well equipped phone you use can be an actual spy's best friend too. And every neighborhood private eye will have the latest model.
mobile web africa - what is a cell phone by Marc Smith on Flickr