When you’re holding a smartphone in your hand, it’s hard to imagine mobile phones being anything other than what they are today. This is especially true for younger generations. Us? We remember a time before mobile phones were everywhere. And while recalling the last 40+ years of mobile phone history is slightly depressing for us at Docking Drawer, it’s also kind of fun. After all, we’re innovators at heart–and seeing how far these now everyday devices have come is rather spectacular.
1973: The first mobile phone call was made by the father of the mobile phone, Martin Cooper. He and a team of Motorola associates began working on a prototype in 1972. Just five months later, he placed the very first call from a mobile phone. With it, you received just 30 minutes of talk-time...after about a ten hour charging period. Find out more in this great article by the Washington Post.
1982: The Mobira Senator (Nokia) was released–a car phone. It was a bulky one, weighing in at nearly 20 pounds.
1983: The first mobile phones went on sale in the U.S. for just about a mere $4,000 each.
1988: The Cellular Technology Industry Association is formed and will eventually help turn the budding mobile phone industry into an empire no one could yet imagine.
1990: Roughly 12.4 million people around the world have a cell phone subscription. Yes, it really was called a subscription. The “plans” we have today evolved over time, too! Additionally, 2G technology is introduced to the market.
1991: The first call placed on a GSM (Global Standard for Mobile) was placed.
1997: Philips Consumer Communications shows off their new digital smartphone, called The Synergy. It offered access to email, Internet, and, of course, faxes.
1994: Bluetooth and SMS technology begin to see the light of day.
1998: More mobile phones were sold worldwide than cars and PCs combined...what?!
2000: The world’s first camera phone makes its appearance in Japan.
2002: The Danger Hiptop (known to most mass markets as T-mobile’s Sidekick) was introduced and combined Internet, email, text, and cell services. It also offered apps, a camera, and several video games.
2004: Motorola releases the RAZR which goes on to move over 110 million units.
2007: The first Apple phone hits the market. It was just a mere 2G device and lacked basic features we’ve come to love like MMS messaging and video recording.
2009: The first Google-Android phone hits the market.
Following the introduction of smartphones to the mass market, one could say that mobile phone usage has really hit a peak. The dawn of selfies, the power of video, and the beauty of photographs are something nearly all mobile phone users have come to expect. While for a time our phones were steadily decreasing in size, they’re once again becoming larger–almost like pocket-sized tablets.
Do you want even more information about the history of mobile phones? Here’s an article that’s totally worth your time!
At Docking Drawer, we offer an innovative enjoyable way to charge up your smartphone. Whether you’re at home, at the office, in the casino, or in a locker room–you have the opportunity to keep your devices charged up, while keeping your countertops clutter-free.
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