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40 Years! The Evolution of Cellular Phones

Ever wondered how cellphones started? when was the first phone call made and who made the call?

40 years ago, the Vice President of Motorola, Martin Cooper is the first one to make the first call through a cellular phone, and the first one that he called is his rival Bell Labs at AT&T.

30 years after, Steve Jobs and Apple released their very own advance phone and called it the iPhone. Steve made the very first call of their iPhone in a Starbucks Cafe and made an order of 4,000 lattes while the journalists in the auditorium listened carefully. It was a very historic start of the most advanced phone today.

The Granddads of Phones

The cellular phone used by Martin Cooper to call his rival is the DynaTac 8000X. It became available in the market in 1984 and price was almost $4,000.

DynaTac 8000X means “Dynamic Total Area Coverage”. It takes 10 hours to fully charge the battery and features a simple LED display screen. If you are a collector and wants to have one, it’s still available on eBay but it doesn’t cost $4,000 anymore. It is much cheaper today.

The first ever flip phone was the MicroTac by Motorola released in 1989.

Nokia is the first to popularize the digitized ringtones. Nokia 2110 was the first to have the Grand Vals tune which was originally played in guitar in 1902.

Following the Motorola’s MicroTac, the company released the StarTac. The first ever clamshell phone that became very popular since its release in 1996.

The StarTac was also the first camera phone but Motorola did not install the camera. It was just hacked by Philippe Kahn. He used his computer and his Casio digital camera and rigged it on the StarTac. He took a photo of his baby on June 11, 1997 and uploaded it to a website.

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The first company to sell camera phones is Softbank (formerly J-Phone in Japan) in 2000. Sony Ericsson then followed releasing their own camera phone in the US called Sony Ericsson T68i. The camera was not installed in the cellular phone, it was sold separately. The camera was just like an add-on or just a clip-on removable piece.

Sanyo is also of the brands that released a camera phone.

Motorola’s Razr phone line that launched in 2004 became a hit since its release. It sold 50 million units of phones within 2 years.

PDAs then followed the cellular phones. They are more bigger and chunkier but are quite more powerful than the cellular phones. The Blackberry 5810, released in 2002, was the first PDA to have a cellular connection.

The first phones to have the Windows Mobile OS was the Palm TreoW.

And then there’s iPhone which started in 2007. It was quite revolutionary and took everyone by surprise. Internet, music, and phone in one device – that stunned the audience in Moscone Theater, San Francisco.

Since then, even more smartphone manufacturers came out with a smartphone with exciting technologies. It is slowly becoming a part of our lives and getting even more useful for everyday life.

(image via: gizmag)


SoftBank Releases Hello Kitty Branded 007SH KT

SoftBank-007SHKTThe Yahoo Phone is not the only unusual handset Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank rolled out yesterday.  SoftBank subscribers could soon put down their hands on another one, the 007SH KT [JP], which has two selling points: it is designed like a clamshell feature phone (although it runs on Android), and it has Hello Kitty written all over it.

Techinically speaking, the 007SH KT is based from a model SoftBank has launched back in May for the Japanese market.  Produced by Sharp, the so-called AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH is being marketed as the world’s first flip phone running on Android with 2.3.

The Hello Kitty version allocates some of the extremely inspiring specs of that model: waterproof body, 3.4-inch LCD touchscreen with 854×480 resolution, 0.7-inch OLED sub-display, 16MP CCD camera with 1,280×720 HD video recording, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, digital TV tuner, e-wallet function, etc.

For fans of the cartoon cat, SoftBank flings in menus and screens in Hello Kitty design, special icons for use in mails, a Hello Kitty calculator app, a Hello Kitty alarm clock, and others.

SoftBank prepares to begin the distribution of the 007SH KT in Japan next month.

T-Mobile Prepaid Services and Handsets, Offered at Family Dollar

LG-GS170-ReviewsT-Mobile is working hard to increase its pre-paid service.  The pink carrier signed an agreement with 7-Eleven to sell the GS170 flip phone in its convenient stores two weeks ago.  Because the transition away from Radio Shack goes on, the carrier has added one more retailer to its list of handset outlets: Family Dollar.

Family Dollar and T-Mobile have been partners for a while already, with T-Mobile providing air time for prepaid handsets of Family Dollars.  However, this marks the first time that T-Mobile will be offering one of its own handsets during the dollar-store retailer.

The GS170 is your standard flip phone and comes with Bluetooth 2.1 and a VGA camera.  It will cost $30, and could be paired with the $50 per month plan of T-Mobile, which includes unlimited talk, text and web.  The plan will not result in some excess charges, but you will only get to take pleasure in T-Mobile’s 4G speeds for the first 100MB of data.  Subsequently, data will the throttled down to 2G speeds.