History of Cell Phones

Considering the history of cell phones, it is a wonder that they were not on the market until recently, especially since innovators knew about cell technology as early as 1947. At that time, they were using basic mobile car phones, and realized that if they used small cells to communicate information, they could increase traffic on the mobiles. Through these cells, the call could be transferred from station to station, and knowing this, they could have made cell phones and immediately put them on the market. However, the history of cell phones is a long a complicated one, mainly involving as many obstacles as advances.

Cell phones operate basically like two way radios. The FCC (Federal Trade Commission) did not allow innovators to use more frequency which would have allowed cell phones to reach the market in large numbers. Since the FCC limited these frequencies, only 23 people were able to make calls in any one general area. The history of cell phones was going to be a slow one, and only by relaxing regulations was there going to be any progress.

Finally, in 1968, the FCC allowed cell phones more frequency, and the signals were passed through tall towers. Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first official call in the history of cellphones in 1973, and in 1977, AT&T and Bell did a mass test of many cell phones in a large area. The history of cell phones was finally reaching a happy conclusion, as the first cell phones appeared on the market in 1982. However, there was more demand than there was bandwidth, and the same overcrowding occurring in 1987. It wasn’t until the 1990s, the decade in the history of cell phones which saw the most progress, that cell phones became almost universally available, and today, no hand seems complete without a cell phone.

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