A Brief History Of The Mobile Phone

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Maximum of us feel like we couldn't live without our mobile phones, they've not really been in existence for very long. In fact, mobile phones as we know them today have only been around in the last 20 years. Now a day’s smartphones have more features than ever before including touchscreen capabilities, GPS, cameras, and much more.

The world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone. Martin "Marty" Cooper is an American engineer. He is a pioneer and visionary in the wireless communications industry. With eleven patents in the field, he is recognized as an innovator in radio spectrum management.

 1973: Martin Cooper, chairman and chief executive of ArrayComm, holds a Motorola DynaTAC, a 1973 prototype of the first hand-held cellular telephone. On April 3, 1973, Cooper made the first public call ever made on a cellphone. 

1983: Motorola released its first commercial mobile phone, known as the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. The handset offered 30 minutes of talk-time, six hours standby, and could store 30 phone numbers. It also cost £2639 ($3995).

1984: Bell Labs perfected the modern system of cellular telephony that we use today

1985: Comedian Ernie Wise made the first “public” mobile phone call in the UK from outside the Dicken’s Pub in St Catherine’s dock to Vodafone’s HQ. He made the call in full Dickensian coachman’s garb.

1989: Motorola introduced the Micro TAC personal telephone. Nokia’s first 'handheld' mobile phone, the Mobira Cityman 900.

1992: The world’s first ever SMS message was sent in the UK. 

1997: Nokia launched Nokia -6110

1999: The BlackBerry 850 was the first handset released under the BlackBerry brand.

2000: The first cell phone with a built-in camera was manufactured by Samsung and released in South Korea in June of 2000 In 1999, the Japanese firm NTT DoCoMo released the first smartphones to achieve mass adoption within a country.Smartphone technology continued to advance throughout the early 2000s. These advances in technology brought about the introduction of the iPhone, the Android operating system and more.

2007: Apple chief executive Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco.

Source: knowyourmobile.com, www.uswitch.com, www.thesnugg.com

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