The surprising evolution of mobile phones


The very first commercial mobile cost $ 3,995, or $ 10,400 in 2020 dollars.

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The very first commercial mobile phone was introduced in 1983. At the time, it was called DynaTAC and cost $ 3,995, or $ 10,400 in 2020 dollars. This is a far cry from today’s cell phones which are accessible to almost everyone.

This transition to more accessible cell phones began in the 1990s, when new advancements in cellular networking technology, namely the transition from analog to digital technology, were introduced. The transition from mobile radio technology to the GSM standard has been a significant step forward in the development of mobile telephone technology.

Around this time, we also saw the hugely popular innovation of text messages which led to the invention of cell phones with larger screens to ensure the readability of new messages. Then, in the 2000s, came the switch from 2G to 2.75G wireless networks. Cell phone users have witnessed massive improvements in speed, which has allowed them to send music, photos and even videos.

What happened next ? How did we come to have the smartphones that we just can’t live without today? What other developments have been necessary to make the mobile phones of our time? All of these questions and more are answered in this must-see video.


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