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Friday, 10 June 2016

Mobile phone (or Cell phone)

Martin Cooper of Motorola publicly demonstrated the world's first handheld mobile phone on April 3, 1973. He made a call from a New York City street to a landline phone, which was answered by Joel Engel, the head of research at AT&T's Bell Labs.

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the first portable cellular phone to be commercially released. It received approval from the U.S. FCC on September 21, 1983. It was priced at $3,995 in 1984.

DynaTAC 8000X took roughly 10 hours to fully charge and it offered 30 minutes of talk time. It also offered an LED display for dialing or recall of one of 30 phone numbers.

A DynaTAC 8000X  By Redrum0486 - wikipedia Commons

The first British mobile phone call was made by Michael Harrison to his father Sir Ernest Harrison, chairman of Vodafone.on January 1, 1985.


The world's first smartphone was released in 1994 by IBM. It cost $899, and had only one third party app.

The Motorola StarTAC, the first clamshell/flip mobile phone, was released on January 3, 1996. The StarTAC was among the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption; approximately 60 million StarTACs were sold.

A en:Motorola StarTAC (en:GSM model), By ProhibitOnions at the English language Wikipedia, 

The mobile phone number 666 6666 fetched £1.5 million in a charity auction in Qatar in 2007.

As of February 2013, China became the world's biggest user of smartphones, bumping the U.S. out of the Number one spot.

It is thought that the number of mobile phones on Earth overtook the number of people in 2014. The number of active mobile devices and human beings crossed over somewhere around the 7.19 billion mark.

According to Ofcom, the average person in the UK spends 39 minutes a day on the phone.

A 2013 poll reported that 54% of people suffer from 'nomophobia', the fear of having no mobile phone.

Evolution of mobile phones, to an early smartphone

The average British child makes its first mobile-phone call at the age of eight.

47 per cent of all water-damaged mobile phones in the UK have been dropped in the toilet bowl.

It takes 165 pounds of raw, mined earth elements to produce an average cell phone.

An average cell phone has about half a gram of lithium and an average laptop has five grams of lithium.

There's more gold in a ton of mobile phones than there is in a ton of gold ore.

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