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History of the Mobile Phone

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1940 walkie talkie small square Motorola Inc. Patents the "Handie-Talkie" On May 22nd 1952 Motorola Inc. received a patent for it's "Handie-Talkie" hand held radio device. Developed by a team of engineers to aid American troop communications during World War II, the Handie-Talkie was much less effective than the back mounted Walkie-Talkie developed by Motorola forerunner, Galvin Manufacturing Company.
Sabrina4big small square Linus Larrabee uses a mobile phone in his limousine. In the major motion picture 'Sabrina' Linus Larrabee (Humphrey Bogart) makes a call from a mobile phone in the back of his limousine. This marks the first time an image of a moblle phone makes its way into American popular culture.
Lk 1 small square Leonid Kupriyanovich develops the LK-1 Radiophone. Soviet engineer Leonid Kupriyanovich introduces the LK-1 Radiophone. The mobile device consists of a handset with a rotary dial and a base station that plugged into existing telephone lines.
Cell phone tower small square FCC allocates bandwidth space for cellular phone calls. Under pressure from AT&T and Bell Laboratories, the FCC reconsiders its previous denial of bandwidth for cellular transmission.
Firstphone 392 small square Dr. Martin Cooper makes first cellular telephone call. In April of 1973 Dr. Martin Cooper, an engineer for Motorola Inc. made a phone call to rival engineer Joel Engel, the head of research for Bell Laboratories. This was the first true cellular phone call ever placed utilizing cell phone towers rather than a base station plugged into land-lines.
Cellular amps large small square Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) introduced in U.S.A. The Advanced Mobile Phone System developed by Bell Laboratories is introduced in the U.S. The system used seperate channels for each individual conversation requiring a large amount of bandwidth for operation. It is often consided the first generation of cellular service.
Lrg radiolinja small square Finnish company Radiolinja launches first 2G network for commercial use. The Finnish telecommunications company Radiolinja launched the first Second Generation, 2G, network for commercial use. The increased bandwidth allowed for the worlds first SMS text message and data transmission, a ringtone.
Ussprint small square FCC opens up more frequencies for PCS data usage. In 1994 the FCC allowed Sprint to take advantage of unused bandwidth in the 1800-1900 Gigahertz range for PCS or Personal Communication Service. This allowed for larger data transmission and improved call clarity and service.
Nokia 9000 4 small square Nokia introduces the first smart phone. In August of 1996 Nokia released the Nokia 9000 Communicator. Attempting to merge a Personal Digital Assistant with a phone, Nokia launched the first 'smart-phone' featuring a full keyboard and LCD screen.
Evo1blackberry850 small square Research in Motion releases first Blackberry pager. Canadian based technology company Research in Motion released the first Blackberry pager in 1999. Though not a phone, the Blackberry 850 pager was the predecssor for future Blackberry models.
Y2k circuit board  00117frl small square More than 100,000,000 cell phone subscribers in the U.S. According to The Wireless Association, at the turn of the 21st century more than 100,000,000 people had a subscription to a cell phone service. The total for 2000 settled at 109,478,031 subscrkbers.
Apple iphone 1 small square Apple releases the iPhone. Apple Inc. releases the iPhone. Combining the concepts of MP3 player and PDA Smartphone, the iPhone quickly becomes one of Apple's flagship products.
Teliasonera 4g small square TeliaSonera launches first 4G network in Stockholm, Sweden. In December of 2009 Swedish company TeliaSonera launched the first fully 4G capable service network in the capital city of Stockholm. The Fourth Generation network allows for high-speed data transmission and wireless broadband anywhere within its service areas.
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