1940s BELL TELEPHONE "MOBILE TELEPHONES" MOVIE EARLY CELL PHONE / MOBILE TELEPHONE SYSTEM 90884

1940s BELL TELEPHONE "MOBILE TELEPHONES" MOVIE EARLY CELL PHONE / MOBILE TELEPHONE SYSTEM 90884

Created in the late 1940s, this film from Bell explains the operation of the Mobile Telephone Service (MTS) by showing how it can be used to make business more efficient. The film also shows some of the cutting edge equipment used in the system and shows how it was installed in vehicles (7:30).

MTS was a pre-cellular VHF radio system that linked to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). As such it used both radio signals and telephone lines to connect parties. MTS was the radiotelephone equivalent of land dial phone service. The Mobile Telephone Service was one of the earliest mobile telephone standards. It was operator assisted in both directions, meaning that if one were called from a land line the call would be routed to a mobile operator, who would route it to one’s phone. Similarly, to make an outbound call one had to go through the mobile operator, who would ask for the mobile number and the number to be called, and would then place the call.

This service originated with the Bell System, and was first used in St. Louis on June 17, 1946. The original equipment weighed 80 pounds (36 kg), and there were initially only 3 channels for all the users in the metropolitan area, later more licenses were added bringing the total to 32 channels across 3 bands This service was used at least into the 1980s in large portions of North America. On October 2, 1946, Motorola communications equipment carried the first calls on Illinois Bell Telephone Company’s new car radiotelephone service in Chicago.Due to the small number of radio frequencies available, the service quickly reached capacity. MTS was replaced by Improved Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS), introduced in 1964.

All calls were placed by a suitably equipped telephone operator. Outgoing calls were placed when the operator connected to a base station (originally using a cord board, but by the 1990s could be done by dialing a code sequence from a TOPS position), then announced the call over the channel (giving the channel’s name first), e.g., “Adams calling 2M-2368, 2M-2368, 2M-2368.”
The page would usually be repeated twice more after a pause. The called party had to have their unit on and the volume set at a level that allowed them to notice a call and then listen to the called number. If the called party heard an incoming call, they would then use the microphone to announce they were receiving the call, and the operator would allow the two parties to speak, monitoring for the end of the call and marking a manual ticket for billing.

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50 Comments

  1. tonytor53 on October 16, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Hello, Travis from pre-planed funerals here! Why burden your loved ones with funeral plans? Do it yourself from the comfort your truck!

    HEllo SIR, THIS IS MAJID FROM NIGERIA, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOE THAT A ROYAL PRINCE HAD AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT AND PASSED AWAY… HE BEQUEATHED YOU ALL OF HIS FOTUNE AMOUNTING TO OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS IN PRECIOUS STONES! FOR A MISLY $1000 DOLLARS I WILL MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR INHERITANCE. PLEASE GIVE ME THE ROUTING NUMBER AND ACCOUNT NUMBER TO WHERE ONE OF OUR DEDICATED PEOPLE WILL DEPOSIT THE TOTAL AMOUNT. MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU! .

  2. What would I know on October 16, 2021 at 7:19 am

    So it was called a Mobile Phone not a Cell Phone.
    Like most countries, mobile is used and makes more sense than cell.

  3. Jasmine Hubbard on October 16, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Lie so much they say they cute and that a lie

  4. Amber Hillman on October 16, 2021 at 7:19 am

    They make their products,ect. why would they want to take something that sold in store and customer buy. From them

  5. k.d. katz on October 16, 2021 at 7:19 am

    It’s called "radio"…Few people used mobile phones because it was very expensive. Now it costs $20 a month.

  6. Vladimir Obradovic on October 16, 2021 at 7:22 am

    thats all Fantasy in that movie Like today

  7. Amber Hillman on October 16, 2021 at 7:23 am

    They can’t here are hear, had her to explain it even on YouTube, about names

  8. Dave Hibbs on October 16, 2021 at 7:23 am

    I’m also watching this on my mobile phone 😂😂😂

  9. Gaby Harrison on October 16, 2021 at 7:24 am

    A lot of really good comments here. Amazing this existed so long ago.

  10. Amber Hillman on October 16, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Remember, when they ,used tapping.

  11. Алехан Орлов on October 16, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Russian "MTS" even copied the name. Russians can’t come up with anything of their own

  12. hasan ramadan on October 16, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Thats in the 40s , just imagine what THEY have now ? things still unknown

  13. lisa johnson on October 16, 2021 at 7:27 am

    amazing

  14. ROBERT KERRY on October 16, 2021 at 7:27 am

    I can’t see mobile phones catching on

  15. khrisztian on October 16, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Separate receiving and transmitting units, they look exactly the same minus a tube/vaccum more/less. Impressive.

  16. HarryHydro on October 16, 2021 at 7:29 am

    In the mid to late 80’s, I could monitor these around 470MHz.

  17. Cornbreadfed Kirkpatrick on October 16, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Mobile operator, how may I help you.

  18. David Rivero on October 16, 2021 at 7:30 am

    We will get laughed @ too. Imagine stealing billions of Dollars, ppls identity & disrupting interstructures from todays Mobile Service. lol

  19. vcamnowaa on October 16, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Try using a phone in your car today. You get rewarded with a Ticket and demerit points on your license

  20. tonytor53 on October 16, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Hello, Travis from pre-planed funerals here! Why burden your loved ones with funeral plans? Do it yourself from the comfort your truck!

    HEllo SIR, THIS IS MAJID FROM NIGERIA, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOE THAT A ROYAL PRINCE HAD AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT AND PASSED AWAY… HE BEQUEATHED YOU ALL OF HIS FOTUNE AMOUNTING TO OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS IN PRECIOUS STONES! FOR A MISLY $1000 DOLLARS I WILL MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR INHERITANCE. PLEASE GIVE ME THE ROUTING NUMBER AND ACCOUNT NUMBER TO WHERE ONE OF OUR DEDICATED PEOPLE WILL DEPOSIT THE TOTAL AMOUNT. MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU! .

  21. Aiman Szafik on October 16, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Meh this "mobile telephone" thing will never catch on

  22. Shahab Gabriel Behzumi on October 16, 2021 at 7:36 am

    7:44 🤣🤣🤣

  23. Amber Hillman on October 16, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Tapping was before the phones

  24. Amber Hillman on October 16, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Wait, letter, tapping, phones

  25. Fast Cara on October 16, 2021 at 7:40 am

    absolute garbage system

  26. sugashack74 on October 16, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Actually this is what my job used in 2021. It really is just 2 way radios using a telephone recover

  27. fogdust on October 16, 2021 at 7:42 am

    the military was using their version of the internet since the 60’s

  28. B W on October 16, 2021 at 7:44 am

    “Gee Beaver, my dad’s in a hittin’ mood today”
    “Okay Larry, sure glad he doesn’t have a cell phone or your mom could call him and tell him to come home a give you a clobber”

  29. Trypanosoma Cruzi=Myocarditis. on October 16, 2021 at 7:45 am

    What ever happened to satellites. That’s right cell towers and under sea cables we are being lied to.

  30. Shahab Gabriel Behzumi on October 16, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Lol…good old days without mass surveillance

  31. Glen Beaver on October 16, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Phone in delivery truck amazing! Also desk fan bolted to dashboard! What will they think of next!

  32. 7 arp on October 16, 2021 at 7:46 am

    凄い

  33. Donnie (guitar tech) on October 16, 2021 at 7:46 am

    This just proves there’s been "forbidden" technology for longer than most will believe or admit. "Told ya’ so" 😁

  34. BleedBNG on October 16, 2021 at 7:47 am

    1:35 "Great, we have a fan instead of AC. But we got a phone."

  35. Omni968 on October 16, 2021 at 7:51 am

    I had no idea mobile phones existed in the 1940s, I always thought it came out in the 1960s or even the 70s. It’s strange to think that the technology took about 50 years or so (the 90s/early 2000s) before it became affordable for everyday common people. In my childhood in the 80s, only upper middle class or above people had mobile phones (doctors, executive types).

  36. Stuff Bud Duz on October 16, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Even more amazing is how Joe knew the truck had plenty of room for the undisclosed amount of "stuff" they had to pick up.

  37. Jerry Kitich on October 16, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Will never catch on. Breaker, breaker.

  38. Amber Hillman on October 16, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Tapping then came the phones

  39. Consty71 on October 16, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Bollocks Bill, i finish in half hour

  40. El Hungaro on October 16, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Hubah hubah…. 🙂

  41. melk日campina on October 16, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I want to go back to this phone

  42. Michael Fenton on October 16, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Then AT&T hired McKenzie to do a study on the long-term viability of such service. It was determined there was not much of a market for mobile phones and AT&T pissed it away. Now, they are a second-rate provider.

  43. cherry love on October 16, 2021 at 8:03 am

    the Mobil phones in the seventies were big and bulky they were called Bricks they were big and square with an antenna you pulled up never seen one but I read up on them people think Mobil phones are new technology but they are not now day’s people can’t live with out them sad they cause a lot of death on the highway because people can’t use them responsibly the technology now is more advanced then back then it still the same principle

  44. sugashack74 on October 16, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Joe: ‘"That God Damn Bill thinks he is the boss of us. Well Show Him’ make a left and let’s go to the Brothel’
    Bill: ‘Joe while your there can you pick up a dozen eggs for my wife?"
    Joe: "This Motherf&(_$r"

  45. Trypanosoma Cruzi=Myocarditis. on October 16, 2021 at 8:06 am

    CB radio’s never failed.

  46. Kenneth Johnson on October 16, 2021 at 8:12 am

    I had a mobile phone in my car in when i was working it in the 90s i plugged it into the cigarette lighter i had to pay for the 100 minutes it was very cool at the time

  47. Adam Cruz on October 16, 2021 at 8:12 am

    @0:35 that car with the bullet center of car, also known as "shoe box", made by Ford 1949-1951. That being said. This is filmed 1940s, that car is the future.

  48. Jasmine Hubbard on October 16, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Hay any one out there with the truth all these demons around me and all they do is lie .

  49. Amber Hillman on October 16, 2021 at 8:13 am

    They wasn’t, back in those days. Didn’t know anything about it

  50. Ray -O- Light on October 16, 2021 at 8:15 am

    In 1940’s most likely people were thinking: What an amazing advance technology! I home some we all are able to use this service.

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