Evolution of Cellular Phones

Evolution of Cellular Phones

By:  Duane Harrington

Working in a wireless industry, dealing with all kinds of mobile devices like smartphones, basic phones, tablets, pc’s and netbooks keeps me interested in technology which prompted me to do some research on where it all began….

In 1928 the Galvin Manufacturing Company also known as Motorola was founded and started out with manufacturing car radios. This was done to make it easier for police patrol cars to communicate as they used to make calls from phone booths on the street. Then in 1943 the first two way radio also known as the walkie-talkie was created, it was called the backpack model because they were too large and cumbersome to carry around in the pocket and purse as it weighed about 35 pounds. In 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x launched one of the first cell phones created, though considered huge by today’s standards, it was a good enough size to carry around. In the early days cell phones were just for talking but eventually features like voicemail were added. As time went on cell phone manufacturers began to realize that they could integrate other technologies into their phone to expand its features.

It is amazing how ways to communicate have grown tremendously over the years. We have gone from the rotary phone that you had to turn 7 times to make a phone call to  85% of people no longer having home phones because everyone relies on their cell phone which are compact and therefore they can travel anywhere in the world with. We no longer have to write and mail letters to friends and family; pay that extra cost for the envelope and stamps because phones have become so advanced where we can send a text or an email on the go. Talk about being convenient and cost effective.

The internet provides free email services from Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, and AOL that gives you the capabilities of sending emails to anyone in the world. Businesses have also become more engaged in technology as far as meetings and transactions where they use video conferencing, computers to log their daily meetings, transactions and so on. For example companies like Twins Inc that has a main office is in Pittsburg, PA and another office in Atlanta, GA still must have their weekly meetings to discuss business decisions and future plans. Video conference is the new and easier way to meet with staff and to see who you’re talking to. Both parties would meet in a conference room that has a TV and camera attached on the top of the computer; then dial into a conference number to have a meeting with everyone in the room. Then there are devices like the I-pad or other tablets that also have video chat available on it.

In recent years, the purpose of the cell phone has shifted from just being a verbal communication tool to a multimedia tool.  We now use our cell phones more for surfing the web, checking email, snapping photos, and updating our social media status than actually placing calls. It’s not just the technology of the cell phone that has changed over time; the physical design has also gone through a rollercoaster of changes. In recent years, cell phone designs have actually started to become simpler, yet better making room for a larger screen but less buttons. Because phones have become mobile media devices, the most desirable aspect is a large, clear, high-definition screen for optimal web viewing.  Even the keyboard is being taken away, replaced by a touch screen keyboard that only comes out when you need it. The most obvious example of this is the Apple iPhone and subsequent competitors like the Droid models. The cell phone has changed and developed so rapidly in the past years that when you get used to the new technology something more advanced comes out.

With the evolution of technology, I foresee us not even having to carry our phones around in the near future.

Working in a wireless industry, dealing with all kinds of mobile devices like smartphones, basic phones, tablets, pc’s and netbooks keeps me interested in technology which prompted me to do some research on where it all began….

In 1928 the Galvin Manufacturing Company also known as Motorola was founded and started out with manufacturing car radios. This was done to make it easier for police patrol cars to communicate as they used to make calls from phone booths on the street. Then in 1943 the first two way radio also known as the walkie-talkie was created, it was called the backpack model because they were too large and cumbersome to carry around in the pocket and purse as it weighed at about 35 pounds. In 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x launched which was one of the first cell phones created, though considered huge by today’s standards it was was a good enough size to carry around. In the early days cell phones were just for talking but eventually features like voicemail were added. As time went on cell phone manufacturers began to realize that they could integrate other technologies into their phone to expand its features.

It is amazing how ways to communicate have grown tremendously over the years. We have gone from the rotary phone that you had to turn 7 times to make a phone call to  85% of people no longer having home phones because everyone relies on their cell phone which are compact and therefore they can travel anywhere in the world with. We no longer have to write and mail letters to friends and family; pay that extra cost for the envelope and stamps because phones have become so advanced where we can send a text or an email on the go. Talk about being convenient and cost effective.

The internet provides free email services from Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, and AOL that gives you the capabilities of sending emails to anyone in the world. Businesses have also becomes more engaged in the Technology as far as meetings and transactions where they use video conferencing, computers to log their daily meetings, transactions and so on. For example companies like Twins Inc that has a main office is in Pittsburg, PA and another office in Atlanta, GA still must have their weekly meetings to discuss business decisions and future plans. Video conference is the new and easier way to meet with staff and to see who you’re talking to. Both parties would meet in a conference room that has a TV and camera attach on the top of the computer; then dial into a conference number to have a meeting with everyone in the room. Then there are devices like the I-pad or other tablets that also have video chat available on it.

In recent years, the purpose of the cell phone has shifted from just being a verbal communication tool to a multimedia tool.  We now use our cell phones more for surfing the web, checking email, snapping photos, and updating our social media status than actually placing calls. It’s not just the technology of the cell phone that has changed over time; the physical design has also gone through a rollercoaster of changes. In recent years, cell phone designs have actually started to become simpler, yet better making room for a larger screen but less buttons. Because phones have become mobile media devices, the most desirable aspect is a large, clear, high-definition screen for optimal web viewing.  Even the keyboard is being taken away, replaced by a touch screen keyboard that only comes out when you need it. The most obvious example of this is the Apple iPhone and subsequent competitors like the Droid models. The cell phone has changed and developed so rapidly in the past years that when you get used to the new technology something more advanced comes out.

With the evolution of technology, I foresee us not even having to carry our phones around in the near future.

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Duane Harrington’s Bio:

Duane S Harrington was born a twin in 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His mother works as a Registered Nurse at UPMC and late father was a homecare giver to his children. The family moved Clairton, Pennsylvania where Duane attended kindergarten and his grade school years.

Duane attended college at (CCAC) Community College of Allegheny and Graduated with a degree in Information Technology (2008). While in college Duane and his Twin brother Darryl Harrington formed a company called Twins Inc with the slogan (2 minds 1 idea). Duane uses his education to work on freelance work like computer installations/updates and web design.

Duane moved to Alpharetta, GA in 2008 where he started a career with Verizon Wireless. He is currently a Technical II Coordinator. Duane has since become A+ certified and plans to continue to expand his knowledge. Twins Inc is in the process of re-launched.

He is currently married and expecting his first child, a baby girl scheduled to arrive July 25th 2012.

When he is not working he loves to play video games, explore technology and spend time with friends and family.

 

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