Antecedents & Evolution
The police in Chicago experiment with a radio telephone which broadcasts at a frequency just above the AM radio band.
The US Army Signal Corps communicate via radio in the field during wartime.
1959: Commercial Model
Reginald Blevins, the Postmaster General of the UK, inaugurates the first radio telephone service for motorists.
Martin Cooper is credited with developing the first cell phone approved for commercial use.
1988: In the Field
Frenchman Frank Piccard calls in after taking Gold in the Super G at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
1997: Ahead of its Time
Philips introduces an early attempt at a digital “smart phone.” The unit, called “The Synergy” provided wireless access to e-mail, internet and faxes.
1999: In Fashion
Mattel’s Barbie is outfitted with pearls, a business suit and a cell phone.
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2000: High Tech
A concept product from Panasonic combines a game machine with a detachable hand unit which serves as a mobile phone and game control device.
Fans at a Live 8 concert in Edinburgh brandish their phones.
A tourist uses his phone to photograph volcanoes in Indonesia.
2006: Historic Moment
Palestinian students at a Ramallah University photograph physicist Steven Hawking, who has arrived to give a lecture.
2007: Text is Next!
Morgan Pozgar, 13, of Claysburgh, Pennsylvania, competes in the LG National Texting Championship at the Roseland Ballroom in New York.
2008-Present: The iPhone 3G
Steve Jobs unveils the latest generation of his revolutionary product. The 3G is faster and less expensive than its predecessor.