The Evolution of the Cell Phone

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  • The First Car Phone

    The First Car Phone
    The first real car phones, not car radios, come into play accross the United States. Although, the system is still using push-to-talk phones, it is an improved version that acctually works. However, the units are big and bulky, and require a personal radio operator to switch the calls. A simular system appeared in Sweden a few years earlier.
  • Bell Telephone Laboratories are granted a patent for a mobile radio telephone system.

    Mobile radio telephone systems providing more efficiently used means for handling a greater number of simultaneously calls between mobile units and fixed stations over a single frequency channel without causing interference.
  • Motorola Creates the First Car Phone

    Motorola Creates the First Car Phone
    <A HREF="http://www.motorola.com"> Motorola </A> launches it's first car phone. A new operating system is developed that operates on a single channel at 150 MHz. In essence, this removes the need for push-to-talk operators. Now customers can dial phone numbers directly from their cars. RCC's are finally taken seriously by the FCC as ligitimate competitors to the land-line phone companies.
  • AT & T Innovates

    AT & T Innovates
    <A HREF= "http://www.att.com">AT&T</A> is the first company to propose a modern-day mobile-phone system to the FCC. It involves dividing cities into “cells”. It is the first company to do so.
  • Dr. Martin Cooper Makes History

    Dr. Martin Cooper Makes History
    Dr. Martin Cooper invents the first personal handset while working for Motorola. He takes his new invention, the Motorola Dyna-Tac., to New York City and shows it to the public. His is credited with being the first person to make a call on a portable mobile-phone.
  • Thank You NTT of Japan

    he first commercial cellular network was launched in Japan by <A HREF= "http://www.ntt.co.jp/index_e.html" >NTT</A> in 1979. (First Commercil Cellular Network)
  • Nokia's First Mobile Phone

    Nokia's First Mobile Phone
    Nokia Mobira Senator (1982)It may look more like a boombox than a portable phone, but this boxy, bulky device was actually <A HREF= "http://www.nokia.com" > Nokia's </A>first mobile (if you can call it that) phone. Introduced in 1982, the Nokia Mobira Senator was designed for use in cars. It weighed about 21 pounds (Nokia's First Mobile Phone)
  • Bell Labs invent "Call Handoff"

    Bell Labs invent "Call Handoff"
    Bell Labs invented such a "call handoff" feature, which allowed mobile-phone users to travel through several cells during the same conversation. (Bell Labs invent "Call Handoff")
  • TDMA the New Technology

    TDMA the New Technology
    One of the most important years in cell phone evolution. The Cellular Technology Industry Association is created and helps to make the industry into an empire. One of its biggest contributions is when it helped create TDMA phone technology, the most evolved cell phone yet. It becomes available to the public in 1991.
  • Introduction of 2G Technology

    Introduction of 2G Technology
    The first digital cellular phone call was made in the United States in 1990, in 1991 the first GSM network (Radiolinja) opened in Finland. 2G phone systems were characterized by digital circuit switched transmission and the introduction of advanced and fast phone to network signaling. In general the frequencies used by 2G systems in Europe were higher though with some overlap, for example the 900 MHz frequency range was used for both 1G and 2G systems in Europe and so such 1G systems were rapidl
  • Introduction of Text Messaging

    Text messaging, also known as Short Message Service (SMS), began in the late 1980’s by a group of Europeans who were trying to improve systems for the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), but was used by a civilian in 1993 by an engineering student totally by accident.
  • The First Commercial Text Messaging

    The first commercial usage of text mesaging was implemented by Nokia in China and Japan in 1995.
  • The Introduction of Cell Phone Fashion

    The Introduction of Cell Phone Fashion
    Ahead of Its Time: Motorola StarTAC (1996)Before the Motorola StarTAC was introduced in 1996, cell phones were more about function than fashion. But this tiny, lightweight phone ushered in the concept that style was just as important, ultimately paving the way for today's sleek-looking phones like the Motorola Razr. This 3.1-ounce clamshell-style phone, which could easily be clipped to a belt, was the smallest and lightest of its time. In fact, it was smaller and lighter than many of today's tee
  • (Introduction of Bluetooth Technology)

    (Introduction of Bluetooth Technology)
    Its intended basic purpose was to be a wire replacement technology in order to rapidly transfer voice and data. There were many doubters who believed <A HREF="http://www.bluetooth.com">Bluetooth </A> would be a distant memory in just a couple of years. However, multiple years have passed and Bluetooth continues to make strides and advancements everyday. (Introduction of Bluetooth Technology)
  • Introduction of Blackberry

    Introduction of Blackberry
    The <A HREF="http://www.blackberry.com" >BlackBerry </A> is a wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. Developed by the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM), it delivers information over the wireless data networks of mobile phone service companies. BlackBerry first made headway in the marketplace by concentrating on e-mail.
  • The Introduction of the Camera Phone

    The Introduction of the Camera Phone
    The Kyocera VP-210 "Visual Phone" was the first commercial camera and video phone. The Personal Handy-phone System (PHS) phone was introduced for DDI Pocket's network May 1999 (Japan).
  • Bye Bye Pay Phones

    Bye Bye Pay Phones
    BellSouth announces that it is leaving the pay phone business because there is too much competition from cell phones.
  • Introduction of Smart Phone

    Early Smart Phone: Kyocera QCP6035 (2000)If you're one of the many fans of the Palm OS-based Treo phone, you might want to thank Kyocera. The company's QCP6035 smart phone, which hit the retail market in early 2001 and cost between $400 and $500 (depending on the carrier), was the first Palm-based phone to be widely available to users. It included a measly 8MB of memory, and sported a bland monochrome display, but it paved the way for future products.
  • Combining the PDA with the Cellphone

    Combining the PDA with the Cellphone
    PDA to Phone: Handspring Treo 180 (2001)Back when Palm and Handspring were still rivals, Handspring made waves with the Treo 180. More PDA than phone, the Treo 180 came in two versions: one with a <A HREF="http://www.qwerty.com" >QWERTY </A> keyboard for typing (pictured), and another (the Treo 180g) that used Graffiti text input instead. Like the Kyocera QCP6035, it featured a monochrome screen, but boasted 16MB of memory.
  • The Introduction of the I-Phone

    The Introduction of the I-Phone
    The iPhone was released on June 29, 2007 in the United States where thousands of people were reported to have queued outside <A HREF="http://www.apple.com">Apple</A> and AT&T retail stores days before the device's launch;[21] with many stores reporting stock shortages within an hour.
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