Cell phones are very useful electronic devices that allow you to talk to or text message other people. Cell phones are fast becoming one of the most popular pieces of technology and nearly everyone ones a cell phone. I remember first getting a cell phone (of course, we call them mobile phones here in Australia) when I was 14. It was the size of a brick! Now, cell phones are very streamlined and made for a new generation of users. This post will answer the question when was the cell phone invented and also look at some facts about the cell phone.
When was the cell phone invented?
American Telephone and Telegraph thought about creating a wireless phone way back in 1915. However, they were afraid that this great technology would undermine its monopoly on wired services in the United States. It took 63 years for the first cell phone to be released to the public in Japan. It was invented by a man named Martin Cooper in 1973 while he was working for Motorola. So now you know when the cell phone was invented. Now let’s look at some interesting facts about the cell phone.
Facts about cell phones:
- The first cell phone released by Motorola was the DynaTec phone. It cost a whopping $3,500 and did not sell particularly well to the general public (I wonder why!)
- The Nokia Communication was the first mobile phone to enable wireless email and internet connection. It was released in 1996.
- Ringtones were first sold in 1998.
- Over half the world’s population is currently subscribed to a mobile phone service. Some suspect that this number is inflated as it takes old subscriptions that are no longer used into account.
- Whether or not cell phones may really be a risk at gas stations (petrol stations) is unknown. Some tests (such as the MythBusters) determined that there is no risk but other studies disagree.