Mobile Technology

  • The Motorola MicroTAC is introduced, the smallest and lightest phone available at the time, weighing 12.3 ounces.

    The Motorola MicroTAC is introduced, the smallest and lightest phone available at the time, weighing 12.3 ounces.
    The Motorola MicroTAC is introduced, the smallest and lightest phone available at the time, weighing 12.3 ounces.
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    Mobile Technology

  • SMS for texting is introduced

    SMS for texting is introduced
    1990 SMS for texting is introduced
  • Cellular subscribership surpasses 5 million.

    Cellular subscribership surpasses 5 million.
    Cellular subscribership surpasses 5 million.
  • The number of cellular users passes the 10 million milestone.

    The number of cellular users passes the 10 million milestone.
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    The number of
    cellular users passes
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  • Original version of the standard IEEE 802.11 for wireless local area networking is released.

    Original version of the standard IEEE 802.11 for wireless local area networking is released.
    Original version of the standard IEEE 802.11 for wireless local area networking is released.
  • Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba announce they will join to develop Bluetooth for wireless data exchange between handheld computers or cellular phones and stationary computers

    Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba announce they will join to develop Bluetooth for wireless data exchange between handheld computers or cellular phones and stationary computers
    Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba announce they will join to develop Bluetooth for wireless data exchange between handheld computers or cellular phones and stationary computers
  • Wi-Fi® brand adopted for technology based upon IEEE 802.11 specifications for wireless local area networking.

    Wi-Fi® brand adopted for technology based upon IEEE 802.11 specifications for wireless local area networking.
    Wi-Fi® brand adopted for technology based upon IEEE 802.11 specifications for wireless local area networking.
  • Wireless subscribership in America exceeds 100 million, totaling approximately 38% of the U.S. population.

    Wireless subscribership in America exceeds 100 million, totaling approximately 38% of the U.S. population.
    Wireless subscribership in America exceeds 100 million, totaling approximately 38% of the U.S. population.
  • I bought my first Cell Phone

    I bought my first Cell Phone
    I bought my first Cell Phone
  • The average wireless consumer uses his or her phone for 320 minutes per month.

    The average wireless consumer uses his or her phone for 320 minutes per month.
    The average wireless consumer uses his or her phone for 320 minutes per month.
  • Camera phones are first introduced in the U.S. market.

    Camera phones are first introduced in the U.S. market.
    Camera phones are first introduced in the U.S. market.
  • Sunnyvale, California becomes the first Wi-Fi enabled city in the United States.

    Sunnyvale, California becomes the first Wi-Fi enabled city in the United States.
    Sunnyvale, California becomes the first Wi-Fi enabled city in the United States.
  • Subscribership reaches nearly 208 million, which is approximately 69% of the total U.S. population.

    Subscribership reaches nearly 208 million, which is approximately 69% of the total U.S. population.
    Subscribership reaches nearly 208 million, which is approximately 69% of the total U.S. population.
  • Subscribers use more than 1.5 trillion voice minutes and send and receive more than 81 billion SMS messages.

    Subscribers use more than 1.5 trillion voice minutes and send and receive more than 81 billion SMS messages.
    Subscribers use more than 1.5 trillion voice minutes and send and receive more than 81 billion SMS messages.
  • Spurred by the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the wireless industry, together with the American Red Cross, develops the national Text 2Help Initiative, which allows customers to donate $5 via text message in the event of a major disaster.

    Spurred by the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the wireless industry, together with the American Red Cross, develops the national Text 2Help Initiative, which allows customers to donate $5 via text message in the event of a major disaster.
    Spurred by the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the wireless industry, together with the American Red Cross, develops the national Text 2Help Initiative, which allows customers to donate $5 via text message in the event of a major disaster.
  • Google announces on October 9 that it has bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.

    Google announces on October 9 that it has bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.
    Google announces on October 9 that it has bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.
  • iPhone launches, spurring dramatic handset innovation.

    iPhone launches, spurring dramatic handset innovation.
    iPhone launches, spurring dramatic handset innovation.
  • iTunes Application Store (July) and Android Market (October) open.

    iTunes Application Store (July) and Android Market (October) open.
    iTunes Application Store (July) and Android Market (October) open.
  • LTE, for Long-Term Evolution, debuts. The new service is capable of transmitting data more than 10 times faster than current third-generation (3G) wireless technologies.

    LTE, for Long-Term Evolution, debuts. The new service is capable of transmitting data more than 10 times faster than current third-generation (3G) wireless technologies.
    LTE, for Long-Term Evolution, debuts. The new service is capable of transmitting data more than 10 times faster than current third-generation (3G) wireless technologies.
  • First 4G handset is introduced at International CTIA WIRELESS show.

    First 4G handset is introduced at International CTIA WIRELESS show.
    First 4G handset is introduced at International CTIA WIRELESS show.
  • Apple more than 300,000 iPads on the first day of sales

    Apple more than 300,000 iPads on the first day of sales
    Apple says it sold more than 300,000 iPads on the first day of sales
  • Facebook tops Google in visits

    Facebook tops Google in visits
    Facebook tops Google in visits
  • A photo-sharing site called, "Istagram" launches

    A photo-sharing site called, "Istagram" launches
    A photo-sharing site called, "Istagram" launches
  • Youtube begins hosting live streams

    Youtube begins hosting live streams
    Youtube begins hosting live streams
  • Steve Jobs passes

    Steve Jobs passes
    Steve Jobs passes
  • Online movie downloads outpace DVD's for the first time

    Online movie downloads outpace DVD's for the first time
    Online movie downloads outpace DVD's for the first time
  • TV moves to the Internet

    TV moves to the Internet
  • Apple unveils the iPhone 5S and 5C

    Apple unveils the iPhone 5S and 5C
    Apple unveils the iPhone 5S and 5C
  • Sony unveils Playstation 4

    Sony unveils Playstation 4
    Sony unveils Playstation 4
  • Facebook celebrates 10 years and offers users videos highlighting their history on the social network

    Facebook celebrates 10 years and offers users videos highlighting their history on the social network
    Facebook celebrates 10 years and offers users videos highlighting their history on the social network
  • Google unveils Android wear Smartwatch

    Google unveils Android wear Smartwatch
    Google unveils Android wear Smartwatch
  • Samsong unveils its 5S smartphone

    Samsong unveils its 5S smartphone
    Samsong unveils its 5S smartphone