April 3, 1973, a date that will live in infamy: the first cellphone call was made. “Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity” by Martin Cooper inspired Frank to drag out some vintage telephones, from the vintage Bakelite phone, to the bulky first cellphones, to the Blackberry to the iPhone. Today, almost everyone on earth has a mobile phone.
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By Sean Smyth on Sep 24, 2021
Should have been April 1st!!!
I agree with you about Blackberry, but when you get the chance visit Samsung's Museum of Innovation in Seoul. They have a great exhibit of cellphones through the ages (and many more technology timelines, besides).
Mobile phone technology development is a fantastic example of how technology develops when users get their hands on it, absolutely not how the inventors believed it would. Your smartphone acts as photo album, movie camera, radio, (love) letter archive, TV, map (and knowledgeable guide), newspaper, magazine, book, movie theatre (theater!), reference library, bookshelf - and source of juicy gossip. And more beyond my comprehension, but I am not GenZ. All of which would be surprising to the developers who were trying to make your phone number moveable.
By Dov Isaacs on Sep 24, 2021
More of Frank's “hang ups” …
By James Kohler on Sep 25, 2021
While I go back to the Party line and a phone with no dial or buttons the iPhone has been the best phone ever! I remember getting my first BlackBerry when I worked for Inter Paper and hated it!! My flip phone was better I thought at the time (when it actually wasn’t). The day after I retired I bought my first iPhone, an iPhone 3! What a difference. Communication sure has changed and Star Trek was right with its “flip communicator”! I’d like to see the Pilot who attaches the big old telephone to the aircraft yoke for navigation!! The iPhone works great for that Even the printed charts and going the way of the phone or iPad. How things change!
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