Did you know that the DynaTAC, the first-ever commercial mobile phone, was introduced in 1983? At the time it cost a whopping $3,995, or roughly $10,400 when adjusted to the inflation in 2021 dollars, so it was only reserved for the ultra-rich. How did we come to today where cell phones are accessible to nearly everyone?
It all began in the ’90s when further advancements in cellular network technology, namely the transition from analog to digital technology, started to make cell phones more accessible. Going from mobile radio telephone tech to the GSM standard was a significant step forward.
That’s also around the time that text messages appeared. This was a huge and popular innovation. Cell phones started to be designed with bigger displays to ensure text messages were readable and users could also download custom ringtones, and sometimes, even play simple games on their phones.
Then came the 2000s where the leap from 2G to 2.75G wireless networks led to massive improvements in speed. Now, users could send each other music, photos, and even video. This was no small improvement and it would soon lead to the introduction of the smartphones which we all love and use today such as the foldable, stretchable, and even flip phone. What happened next?
We won’t tell you here. Instead, we will let you watch the video to find out this and many more details on how cell phones evolved and developed over time: In other words, the full history of cell phones. It’s a tale that will keep you riveted and entertained and makes for a great dinner conversation.
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