Telephone Evolution

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  • Gower-Bell Telephone

    Gower-Bell Telephone
    The Gower-Bell telephone was the first type of phone that was used in countries like Spain, Japan and England.
  • Strowger 10 digit Automatic Wall Telephone

    Strowger 10 digit Automatic Wall Telephone
    The Strowger Automatic Telephone Exchange Company's 10 digit automatic wall telephone was the first to use an automatic rotary motion dialer.
  • Strowger 11 digit desk telephone

    Strowger 11 digit desk telephone
    Legend has it that Almon Brown Strowger was a mortician that believed his local operator was directing all business calls to his competitor, who happened to be her husband. Strowger felt that subscribers should have control over calls rather than operators. He patented the automatic telephone exchange a.k.a. dial service in 1891, eliminating the need for an operator to direct calls.
  • De Veau Desk Set

    De Veau Desk Set
    This sleek desk top was made by the De Veau Telephone Manufacturing Company.
  • Rotary Phone

    Rotary Phone
    A typical 1940s rotary phone.
  • Princess Phone

    Princess Phone
    These princess phones were popular from the 1970s through the 1980s.
  • Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

    Motorola DynaTAC 8000X
    Behold the first commercial line of mobile phones launched in 1983.
  • Cordless phone

    Cordless phone
    A typical cordless phone in the 1990s
  • IBM Simon

    IBM Simon
    The IBM Simon is widely considered the first smart phone.
  • Siemens S10

    Siemens S10
    The first handset with colour screen
  • Sharp J-SH04

    Sharp J-SH04
    Available in Japan, the Sharp J-SH04 was the first camera phone.
  • Palm Treo 600

    Palm Treo 600
    The Palm Treo was an addictive PDA and phone combination.