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  • Energy in the Air

    Energy in the Air
    Chemist Micheal Faraday begins researching possibility of space conducting electricity. Begining research into energy waves.
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    A look into the rise of Cellphones.
  • First Contact

    First Contact
    Scientist/Dentist, Dr Mahlon Loomis creates a way of communication using the atmosphere as an electrical conductor. This is done using 2 kites, equiped with copper screens and wires, connected to the ground 18 miles apart on seperate mountains. A grant of 50,000 dollars is given by US congress to further research.
  • Telegraph

    The first Trans-Atlantic telegraph is built
  • Car to Car Comms

    Car to Car Comms
    The Detroit Police Department installs mobile radios in thier cars. They run at 2 MHz and have many problems such as channel overcrowding and interference.
  • Federal Regulation

    Federal Regulation
    US congress creates Federal Communications Sommission to decide who uses certain radio frequencies. Most channels are for government and emergency usage only.
  • Mobile Radios

    Mobile Radios
    During the 1940's mobile radios now operate at 30 to 40 MHz. They are common in police departments. Companies begin using the radios for personal gain.
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    Mobile Radio

    Many advancements in the Radio make them more attainable by Companies and the Wealthy. Police Radios are common.
  • Radio Telephone

    Radio Telephone
    The first mobile-radio-telephone service is created in St.Louis, Missouri. It has 6 channels adding up to 150 MHz. The project gains approval of the FCC but because of massive intereferance the systems barely work.
  • Radio Car Phones

    Radio Car Phones
    AT&T creates first radio-car phone, they are called push-to-talk phones. They can only be used on the highway from New York to Boston. The system uses frequencies 35 to 44 MHz. Again there is a massive amount of interference and AT&T discontinues the project.
  • Radio Common Carriers

    Radio Common Carriers
    FCC authorizes usage of many seperate Radio Channels to other carriers. Radio Common Carriers, better known as RCC are the first link between mobile and home phones. They are the first step toward cellphones as a profitable business.
  • Real Car Phones

    Real Car Phones
    First actual car phones. Still push to talk customers can now call other phone numbers. They require operators to change calls but they actually work.
  • Waves of the future.

    Waves of the future.
    New operating system removes push to talk and now customers can pick up the phone and make calls from thier cars. this is due to a new system that runs on 150 Mhz
  • A New Standard

    A New Standard
    The self-dialing option is upgraded to 450 Mhz and becomes standard across the US. This is called IMTS (Improved Mobile Telephone Service.).
  • Political Changes

    Political Changes
    Cell phone supporters win with the FCC and get an alloted 75MHz in the 800 MHz range which is specifically for cellphones.
    The FCC now realizes the potential of the cellphone industry.
  • Modern day Mobiles

    Modern day Mobiles
    AT&T proposes modern day mobile phones to the FCC and are the first to do such.
  • Dyna-Tac

    Dr,Martin Cooper creates the first handheld mobile phone while working for motorola. The new tech is call the Motorola Dyna-Tac.
  • Push Forward and Push Back

    Push Forward and Push Back
    The FCC encourages companies to go "Cellular". A problem arises though when Western Electric is told they cannot make both network and terminal phones under the same roof although they ae closest to succeeding.
  • First plans

    First plans
    AT&T adaptss its cellular plan for Chicago but the FCC is uneasy about putting the plan in action.
  • Passed Plans

    Passed Plans
    Cellphone testing is permitted by FCC for Chicago. Bell gets the licence to do the cellphone testing in Chicago while being in partnership with AT&T struggling to battle the non-pogressive FCC.
  • Changes for the Good.

    Changes for the Good.
    The FCC makes rules about the cellphone industry and rules Western Electric can now manufacture cellphone products.
  • CTIA

    The Cellular Technology Industry Association is created and helps mega size the indusrty. Helped create TDMA phone technology, the most evolved so far. It goes public in 1991
  • Past Pay Phone Prime

    Past Pay Phone Prime
    Bellsouth announces that it is leaving payphone's because of the competition from cell phones.