The History of Cell Phones

  • Mobile Telephone Service

    Mobile Telephone Service
    Mobile Telephone ServiceIn 1946 in St. Louis, the Mobile Telephone Service was introduced. Although it was popular and commercially successful, the service was limited by having only a few voice channels per district.
  • First Analog Mobile Call

    First Analog Mobile Call
    Martin Cooper 3 April 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first analog mobile phone call using a heavy prototype model.
  • Prior to 1973

    Prior to 1973
    Prior to 1973, cellular mobile phone technology was limited to phones installed in cars and other vehicles
  • Radio Telephone System

    Radio Telephone System
    Radio Cooper of Motorola is the first inventor named on "Radio telephone system" filed on 17 October 1973 with the US Patent Office.
  • 1G

    In 1979 a cellular network (the 1G generation) was launched in Japan by NTT
  • UK's First Mobile Call

    VodafoneVodafone made the UK's first mobile call at a few minutes past midnight on 1 January 1985
  • SMS message

    The first machine-generated SMS message was sent in the UK on 3 December 1992 followed in 1993 by the first person-to-person SMS sent in Finland.
  • 4G

    By 2009, it had become clear that, at some point, 4G networks would be overwhelmed by the growth of bandwidth-intensive applications like streaming media