March 10, 1876: “Mr. Watson —Come here—I want to see you”
The voice of Alexander Graham Bell is transmitted. He wasn't the first to invent it but the first to own a patent.
In 1910 telephone "subscribers" had 4 digit telephone numbers.
Soon, larger cities had 5 digit numbers.
Mark Twain was one of the first to have a phone in his home.
The first phones had no dials or buttons. A crank was turned to alert the "Hello Girl" at the substation somebody wanted to make a connection.
To make memorizing a phone number easier, the use of a word for part of the series was employed.
Up until about the 1950s, phone numbers were alphanumeric, eventually settling on a 2-letter, 5-number system that usually identified the region of the phone number and also aimed to make it more memorable.
The rotary dial became commonplace and wasn't replaced with touch-tone buttons until 1961.
There was no Emergency number until the 1980's when Nine One One (911) was standardized.
The first mobile phone call was made April 3, 1973.
SMOKEY and the BANDIT
In the 1970's, oil shortages and low speed limits drove people to lawbreaking. Citizen Band portable radios in cars and trucks allowed people to warn each other of Highway Patrol cars hiding on the freeway. A craze exploded and Burt Reynolds had a career boost.
The first portable phones had the long telescopic antenna.
Just watch Wall Street with Michael Douglas and enjoy a chuckle.
Cellphones appeared in the 1990's. They were ugly.
Do you realize how recently your iPhone was invented?
Apple released four advertisements announcing that iPhone would be released on June 29, 2007.
THAT WAS JUST ELEVEN YEARS AGO.
Only seven years later in 2014, the number of mobile phones in the world overtook the number of people.
I was born in 1947. I lived the first 50 years of my life without a cellphone.
We had a "landline" and I used telephone booths.
QUESTION: Where did they all go?
They are in graveyards!