Statistics say, if you are reading this then there is a 47% chance that you are reading it from a mobile device (a smartphone or a tablet). But did you know some of the most fascinating but lesser known facts about the evolution of mobile phones?
1973 – The first call made using a mobile phone was made by Motorola executive Martin Cooper in New York. He called his rival telecoms company Bell Labs and told them he was speaking via a mobile phone.
1983 – The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the world’s first truly portable commercial mobile phone, and cost around $4,000 when it first went on sale in the US. The battery lasted about 8 hours and it weighed 28 ounces.
1989 – The lightest and smallest mobile phone at the time of release, the Motorola MicroTAC 9800x’s plastic antenna was merely for show and served no actual function. It weighed 10.7 ounces and had a 30 minute battery life.
1990 – Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Company in Tokyo develops a palm-sized portable telephone that weighed 8.1 ounces and could carry a continuous phone conversation for 45 minutes.
1999 – Nokia releases the first phone with a WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) browser – the first phone capable of browsing the internet – the Nokia 7110.
1999 – Nokia releases the Nokia 3210: with over 160 million units sold around the world, the 3210 is one of the most successful and popular mobile phones in history.
2000 – Sharp makes the first camera phone, released by J-Mobile in Japan. The first camera phone, the Sanyo 5300, is released in North America in 2002.
2007 – The original iPhone is released by Apple, with a 3.5inch screen and a revolutionary overhaul of mobile phone styling and touch screen technology.
2010 – The HTC EVO 4G from Sprint was the first cell phone to meet 4G standards, allowing users to browse the internet at speeds close to home broadband.
The Future of Mobile Phones
Mobile phones will continue to become lighter, wider and more powerful. Excellent examples are Sony’s waterproof Xperia Z at 213’s CES and Samsung’s waterproof Galaxy S5. Some experts predict that the mobiles of the future will become remote controls for our whole lives, while others forecast that in the future mobile phones will literally run our lives for us. So what can we expect?
- Mobile phones will become even more resistant to damage
- Mobile phones will become more flexible
- Waterproof technology for phones will improve even further
Source: This infographic is courtesy of Flexenable, presided by Indro Mukerjee – a leading producer in flexible electronics technology.