Cell phone history

Updated: 05/02/2021 by Computer Hope
Year Event
1876 Alexander Graham Bell invented the first telephone, allowing people to talk to each other over great distances.
1917 A patent was filed in 1917 by Eric Tigerstedt for a "pocket-size folding telephone with a very thin carbon microphone."
1947 The idea of a cell phone and cellular network was first proposed by Bell Labs in 1947.
1973 The cell phone was invented by Dr. Martin Cooper and a team of developers at Motorola in 1973.
1973 The first call made on a cell phone was in 1973 by Dr. Martin Cooper.
1979 The first cellular network in the world, using analog technology, was launched in Japan in 1979 by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone. It was considered the birth of the first generation of cellular networks, or 1G.
1983 Motorola released the DynaTAC 8000x cell phone in 1984, which was the first cell phone available on the commercial market. It provided 30 minutes of talk time and cost $3,995.
1991 Radiolinja was the first company to launch a second generation cellular network, or 2G, in Finland in 1991, using the GSM standard.
1991 Giesecke & Devrient developed the first SIM card in 1991 for use by Radiolinja and their GSM cellular network.
1992 Nokia released the Nokia 1011, the first cell phone to utilize the GSM standard.
1993 The first SMS text message was sent in 1993 between two cell phones.
1994 IBM developed the first smartphone in 1994, called the Simon Personal Communicator. It had e-mail capabilities, and an address book, calculator, calendar, and notepad.
1999 Kyocera released the Visual Phone VP-210 in May 1999, the first cell phone on the commercial market to feature a camera, with a 110,000-pixel resolution.
2002 RIM (Research in Motion) released the BlackBerry 5810 in 2001, which was the first BlackBerry device with phone call capabilities.
2001 NTT DoCoMo was the first company to launch a third generation cellular network, or 3G, in Japan in 2001, using the WCDMA standard.
2005 Nextel Communications merged with Sprint.
2007 Apple released their first smartphone, the iPhone, on June 29, 2007. Because it utilized the 2G cellular network standard, it was sometimes referred to as the iPhone 2G.
2008 The first WiMAX networks, a fourth generation (4G) cellular network, was launched in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Amsterdam, Netherlands in June 2008.
2008 HTC released the HTC Dream on September 23, 2008, the first smartphone to use the Android operating system.
2009 The first LTE network, a fourth generation (4G) cellular network, was launched in Sweden by TeliaSonera in December 2009.
2010 Dell released the Venue Pro in November 2010, the first smartphone to use the Windows Phone operating system.

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