The History Of Mobile Phones
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The History Of Mobile Phones

Mobile phones have developed remarkably since their conception, but have you ever looked back at their roots?

Not to worry, you’ve got your chance now as the years are rolled back to look at some of the phones of yesteryear.

The First Ever Mobile Phone

It’s hard to remember the first ever mobile phone, in fact I wasn’t even alive when it made its appearance!

The Motorola DynaTAC was released commercially in 1983, and triggered the start of the mobile phone era.

It weighed a less than pocket friendly 790g and sized up at a full 10 inches, and could only hold 30 contacts, something unheard of in the phones we see today.

The DynaTAC had 8 hours battery life if left on standby, or just 30 minutes during a call, meaning chats had to be kept short and sweet.

The price definitely wasn’t a sweet one though, costing nearly $4,000, which totals up at £5,700 in today’s economy.

First GSM Mobile

For those of you not in the know, GSM is the system we use today to connect our mobile phones through the use of antennas, and the Nokia 1011 was the first phone ever to use it.

In fact, the 1011 resembles our current generation of phones quite well believe it or not, it weighed in at around half a kilogram and could hold 99 contacts, which is still far less than we’d expect nowadays.

This was also the first ever handset to feature an SMS function, allowing mobile phone users to contact each other without necessarily having to speak to them.

If you fancy picking one up today, you can expect to shell out around £50, and could even use it to text and call your friends and family.

The Birthplace of the smartphone

It’s hard to imagine not being able to check emails and handle all of your social media on our phone nowadays, but the first ever phone to link the internet with a phone was the Nokia 9000 Communicator.

It had a full QWERTY keyboard and could link to emails, but weighed 400g and only had 8MB internal memory.

It wasn’t much of a looker either, but it paved the way for smartphones to develop and improve, it’s hard to imagine just where we’d be without it!

We don’t need an antenna

Can you believe that the first phone without an external antenna was released back in 1999? Well it was, and it was the Nokia 3210.

It still has a cult following to this day thanks to its unbelievable durability, as it can seemingly stand up to a real beating compared to the phones we own today.

It also boasted the immensely popular Snake mobile game, and weighed just 151g. You can still pick up a Nokia 3210 today for around £10-£15 online.

Cameras on our Phones?

The first phone to feature a camera was the Sharp J-SH04 mobile phone, which featured a whopping 0.1 megapixel camera, a mere raindrop in the camera phone ocean we’re seeing now.

But it was the beginning of the camera phone which we now see dominate the technology market, with some phones now sporting 41 megapixels, 410 times more powerful than the Sharp handset.

If you want to see more of the history of mobile phone handsets, you can check out an article I’ve written for MobilePhones[dot]com.


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