The first mobile phones


Although it has not been very long since th einvention of the mobile phone, such devices have become a staple in the livers of almost everyone on the planet. No longer is it just wealthy business men that carry mobile phones, but practically everyone above a certain age is glued to their screens, scrolling and texting and typing. But where did the mobile phone that we all know today.

The first ever mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, was released in the USA in 1983, before coming over to England in 1985 and continuing to spread throughout the world. The phone came in a wide variety of colour schemes, and by wide, I mean just three; beige and cream, black and white or just white. BT ,on the other hand, had another scheme of colour for their mobile phones all together, black and maroon livery. Because of how rare these phones were, they were a bit of a strange site, even at their time of release. Phones were nowhere near as popular and therefore it was really only people who could afford the £3000 cost and actually found use for the early device. They released a slightly cheaper device, only saving around £300, that had slightly less buttons than the original device, called the 8000s. By 1988, the price had dropped from £3000 to just £599, which was just under five times the original price upon the devices release. However, by this point, Motorola had already released a new device. 

In 1991, the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) phone launched, using 2G digital cellular networks rather than the 1G analogue system. 1G was the first generation of wireless cellular technology, connecting to radio towers and then once again to the rest of the phone network. The voice on one end was modulated to a higher frequency, usually about 150Hz or higher. While the 2G system also works with the radio towers, the 2G systems were completely digital, meaning that instead of the voice being modulated, it was turned into digital signals. This means that the voice can compressed and digitized, which is more efficient on frequency spectrum than the earlier generation. It also introduced SMS text, which was non-existent before the introduction of the 2G system. It also increased security as everything was digitally encrypted, meaning that it had to be unencrypted before it could be listened too. All of this added on to the fact that it consumed less battery power made the 2G a vast difference from the 1G before it that came with the first generation of business only mobile phones. 

Our technology and our ideologies develop every single day, and our means of communication have come such a long way, that now open and honest communication  has become easier than ever before. Your loved ones are just a click of a button away from you. Take the time to talk to someone new, or even someone who has been in your life all along. Thats what technology is for, isn’t it?


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