Cell phones may be new devices, but they originated in the 1920’s. Radios were used since 1921. Features were put into these radios in the 1940’s, and they were used by police. The concept of the cellular phone was developed in 1947 which originated from the mobile car phone. The concept of the cellular phone was produced by Bell Laboratories.
The first actual cell phone was made in 1973 by Martin Cooper of Motorola and some other associate inventors. Some of those inventors were other people that aided in the invention of cell phones include Richard W. Dronsuth, Albert J. Mikulski, Charles N. Lynk Jr., James J. Mikulski, John F. Mitchell, Roy A. Richardson, and John H. Sangster. The first cellphones were made available to the public in 1984. These first cell phones were not very convenient to use. They were large and very expensive pieces of equipment. Today they have evolved into something that none of us can live without!
Some interesting cellphone facts:
- An estimated 250 to 300 million cell phones are being used in the U.S.
- Nokia Corporation is currently the world`s largest manufacturer of cell phones.
- In 1985, just more than 900 cellular towers dotted the nation's landscape making for spotty and frequently unreliable service. Today we have 175,725.
- More than 180 million of us own cell phones today, that equates to more than 60 percent of the population. In 1985 there were just about 340,000.