Important Highlights In The History Of Mobile Technology

January 13, 2015
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History Of Mobile TechnologyIf you’re like most people, you consider your mobile phone a very important part of your life. Cell phones are so intertwined with everyday existence it’s hard to recall just how new they actually are. Before every pint-sized kid had a cell phone and a Twitter account to attend to, we couldn’t even imagine where the future of technology was going. The history of mobile technology has unraveled into a story full of fascinating discoveries, giant leaps in innovation, and the power to alter the way you live your life.

Amazingly, despite how far we have come in such a short time, mobile technology is still in its infancy in terms of growth and development. Let’s take a peak at the past history of cell phones in order to guess what the future of mobile devices has in store.

Who Invented The Cell Phone?

On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper made the first call ever using a cell phone. The Motorola employee was standing in midtown Manhattan when he rang up Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey. The call went through and the future was forever altered. Not only did Martin Cooper make the first call, he is considered the “father of the cell phone” because he also invented it.

Martin Cooper joined Motorola, Inc. in 1954, and he soon proved to be a valuable employee. In 1967 he invented the first cellular-like police radio system for the Chicago police department, and by the early 1970’s he had already been moved up in Motorola’s communications systems division. This position granted him the chance to conceive and develop the first cell phone, as well as guide the marketing process which lasted 10-years.

The first cell phone arrived after the car phone had already been invented, but Cooper made sure to differentiate his product. Cooper believed before anyone else that everyone needed a, “personal telephone – something that would represent an individual so you could assign a number; not to a place, not to a desk, not to a home, but to a person.”

The World’s First Smartphone: How Cell Phones Got Educated

The first Motorola cell phone to hit the market was HUGE, so big in fact it was kept in a briefcase-like box and only used occasionally. The first cell phones didn’t include any unlimited data they simply made and received phone calls. Despite the limitations of the first cell phone, Motorola still charged $60 to $100 each month for service plans.

The very first ‘smartphone’ wouldn’t arrive on the scene until 1993, released by Bellsouth and IBM. The Simon personal communicator phone was marketed as a cellphone first and a computer second. For $899 you could own the first cell phone capable of conducting e-mail. Other features the pricey phone came stocked with included a pager, a stylus that allowed you to write on the screen, a full keyboard, and an automatically updated calendar. If you’ve never seen or heard of this ‘Simon’ phone it isn’t much of a surprise considering only 2,000 of the devices were ever made. (Read more)

Selfie Anyone? The First Cellphone With A Camera

A phone without a camera is practically worthless in our generation of selfie-crazed individuals, yet it wasn’t until 2002 that the first cellphone camera hit the market. The Nokia 7650 and Sanyo SPC-5300 were among the first phones to offer a built-in camera feature. Even today the quality of cell phone pictures still needs improvement, but compared to the original cell phone camera today’s phones are practically taking professional-grade photos! The first Nokia camera phone only included a 176×208 pixel color display.

Mobile Devices Learn To Surf The Web

BlackBerry was the first to release a popular smartphone that included email, texting, Internet, and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). Blackberry would rule the world of ‘cool’ mobile devices for a few years, but in January of 2007 Apple released their first iPhone and everything changed.

Apple described their version of the smartphone as three devices in one, a cell phone, iPod, and a wireless communication device. One of the more shocking aspects of the first iPhone was that it had no keyboard, and was commanded 100% using just your fingers on the touch-screen.

The Future Of Mobile Technology

There are rumors about future cell phones that don’t require chargers because they are capable of charging via the energy let off from your body. There are also predictions that one day you will be able to control your cell phone using just your mind. The truth is that the future of mobile technology will likely be better than we can even begin to forecast.

Cell phones were originally only used to make phone calls; today they keep us connected with every aspect of life. There are many different companies creating smartphones, each one competing for the next and most innovative product feature. This competition works out to your benefit, ensuring the rest of your life is full of technological developments sure to knock your socks off!

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