Insane History of Telephones: From 1849 to Now in The Metaverse

In this Article we will tell you how smartphones came into being and a brief history of Telephones, Cell-phone and finally the modern day Smartphone summarised in less than 1000 words.

So let’s start with the history of telephones:

“Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you!” – The History of Telephones

Who invented the telephone? The era of telephones started with the Italian innovator Antonio Meucci inventing the first ever basic telephone like device in 1849. Before him Robert Hooke invented a string telephone that conveyed sounds over an extended wire by mechanical vibrations. Later Johann Philipp Reis invented the first telephone in 1861 called the Reis telephone. That was the era when people knew nothing about wireless communications and it was merely a dream before Meucci and Reis finally invented the early form of the device. Alexander Graham Bell got the first U.S. patient for the invention of telephone in 1876.

The now iconic sentence,“Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you!” is the first ever known sentence spoken over a telephone. It were the words and voice of Graham Bell on 10 March 1876. In 1877, the first ever long distance telephone line was built.

On 14 January 1878, Bell showed his telephone to Queen Victoria of The Great Britain in what was the first publicly witnessed long range call in the U.K.(!)

In 1927, the first transatlantic phone call was made from the United States to the United Kingdom which is a major aspect of history of telephones.

‘Let’s Cut The Wires’

From the first mobile devices, through to the very first smartphones, and right up until now, there is one thing constant in history of telephones and that is development or progress. While NTT gave Japanese consumers their first taste of cell phone services, the technology was years away from reaching mainstream usage around the world.

The first cell phone invented for practical use was invented by a Motorola employee named Martin Cooper, widely considered to be the key figure in the history of cell phones. Martin Cooper made the first cell phone call in April 1973 in front of two journalists and made the word known that wireless phones have arrived.

Huge by modern standards, Motorolas DynaTAC 8000X is considered to be the first true cellphone as it was small enough to carry. It costed $3,995 when it was launched in 1983! The device was just a very complex brick-based (for the era) telephone. While it was not super-compact or elegant, the first cellphone nonetheless featured a few elements that became staples of all smartphones to come.

“I am probably one of the last people on the planet without a cell phone.” – Vaclav Smil

Which was the first smartphone? It was August in 1994 when the very first smartphone called the Simon personal communicator got launched for the general public to buy. It was created by IBM over 15 years before Apple released its iPhone. Called the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC), the first smartphone included many features that are familiar to todays smartphone users, like the touchscreen which required the use of a stylus.

The IBM Simon combined cell phone features, such as being able to make calls, with capabilities like e-mail, faxing, taking notes, an address book, and a calculator. The first ever smart phone was the first phone that combined features of both a mobile phone, that is, the ability to make calls, and PDA, which was then a hand-held device that could be used for sending emails and sending faxes. Around 50k Simons were sold in the early 1990s, which might not sound like much, but this was the first ever smartphone.

Early smartphones allowed users to access e-mail, as well as using a phone as a fax machine, a pager, and a notepad. Handsets that could be used in vehicles had been developed before Martin Coopers phone, but his was the first truly handheld, useable cell phone. The early phones would ultimately start BellSouth, the telephone company that created the landlines, and later, cell towers.

Later with time, companies like Nokia and Blackberry came up with their new ideas and market was soon dominated by these brands. There were now smartphones which had much more developed features, were light weighted and fitted the pockets easily. In 1996 Motorola launched their iconic folding cell phone.

In 2000 the first camera phone was launched into the market which was the J-SHO4 by Sharp. The phone was limited to Japanese markets but it created a news around the world.

It wasn’t until 2001 that the internet was made available into a smartphone. Smartphones could now connect to the internet via the 3G network. It was a big change to a smartphone and kick started the Internet era.

By 2007, there were smartphones who could perform calculations, had a camera, could read emails and browse the internet and even had a GPS and 3G connectivity. This era marked the shift from the classic telephone to a more modern cell-phone or the smartphone and history of telephones largely concluded paving the way for the newer gadgets to take it’s place.

“Apple reinvents the phone.”

This was a revolutionary year for technology. Steve Jobs introduced the Iphone on January 9, 2007, and it was half a year later, on June 29, when customers were able to buy it. Apple’s two main slogans were “Apple reinvents the phone.” and “This is only the beginning.” Users could now download and use third party applications. By 2008, an impressive 11.6 Million Iphones were sold and thus began the era of the Apple smartphones.

“Dream Comes to The Market”

The ios developed by Apple was dominant in the market when the first Android running smartphone was released. The first cellular telephone to feature the new operating system was the HTC Dream, also known as T-Mobile G1, released on October 22, 2008. In 2012 Android became the most popular operating system for mobile devices, surpassing Apple’s iOS, and, as of 2020, about 75 percent of mobile devices run Android.

“The Phone in Your Hands.”

Apple Smartphone

Since the first telephone in 1849 these gadgets have come a long way and have developed with every new release. With the history of telephones and the future of smartphones, there exist a never ending technological race to develop these devices further and better. New companies are launching new smartphones every year while the old ones are still relevant because of the technological advancements in their devices.

The phone in your hands is capable of providing you with the history of it’s predecessors and their creators while being ready to receive a video conference from your friends anytime. It’s crazy how until just two decades ago, you or your parents didn’t have the slightest idea of how important this device might become in your lives. But anyway, we couldn’t thank more to our scientists and inventors who made our lives so much easier by introducing a device that can help us talk to our friends and family even when they are miles apart.

“In my opinion, the future of mobile is the future of everything.” – Matt Galligan

Smartphones have come a long way in a short time. In just a few years, they have gone from being a luxury item to a staple in most people’s lives. And as technology continues to evolve, it’s likely that smartphones will become even more ubiquitous in the years ahead.

We may also see a move towards more modular and customised phones, which will allow users to customise their devices to better meet their needs. And as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) continue to grow in popularity, it’s likely that we’ll see more and more smartphones incorporating these technologies. So whatever the future of smartphones holds, it’s sure to be exciting!

So what do you think about the history of telephones, history of cell-phone and the smartphone? Tell us in the comments below.

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