Mobile phone: Timeline


  • 1900s

  • 1940s

    • 1947: Cells for mobile phone base stations were invented in 1947 by Bell Labs engineers at AT&T and further developed by Bell Labs during the 1960s. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
  • 1950s

    • 1950s: Radiophones have a long and varied history going back to Reginald Fessenden's invention and shore-to-ship demonstration of radio telephony, through the Second World War with military use of radio telephony links and civil services in the 1950s, while hand-held mobile radio devices have been available since 1973. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
  • 1960s

    • 1960: The world’s first partly automatic car phone system Mobile System A (MTA)|MTA was launched in Sweden. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1962: A more modern version called Mobile System B (MTB) was launched, which was a push-button telephone, and which used transistors in order to enhance the telephone’s calling capacity and improve its operational reliability. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1966: The Swedish electrical engineer Östen Mäkitalo started to work on this vision in 1966, and is considered as the father of the NMT system and some consider him also the father of the cellular phone. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • September 24, 1967: Simon Jordan (born 24 September 1967) is a British businessman who made his fortune in the mobile phone industry. - Simon Jordan, Wikipedia.
  • 1970s

    • 1971: The MTD version was launched, opening for several different brands of equipment and gaining commercial success. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • April 3, 1973: Using a modern, if somewhat heavy portable handset, Cooper made the first call on a hand-held mobile phone on April 3, 1973 to his rival, Dr. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • October 17, 1973: Cooper is the first inventor named on "Radio telephone system" filed on October 17, 1973 with the US Patent Office and later issued as US Patent 3,906,166;[8] other named contributors on the patent included Cooper's boss, John F. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1979: The first commercially automated cellular network (the 1G generation) was launched in Japan by NTT in 1979. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
  • 1980s

  • 1990s

    • 1991: The first "modern" network technology on digital 2G (second generation) cellular technology was launched by Radiolinja (now part of Elisa Group) in 1991 in Finland on the GSM standard which also marked the introduction of competition in mobile telecoms when Radiolinja challenged incumbent Telecom Finland (now part of TeliaSonera) who ran a 1G NMT network. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1992: The first SMS text message was sent from a computer to a mobile phone in 1992 in the UK, while the first person-to-person SMS from phone to phone was sent in Finland in 1993. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: The first data services appeared on mobile phones starting with person-to-person SMS text messaging in Finland in 1993. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1993: Asked by her agent to apply for a new shopping channel in 1993, she presented a pilot slot on presenting her own mobile phone for 15 minutes, and a pencil for 5 minutes. - Julia Roberts (QVC presenter), Wikipedia.
    • 1994: It established a GSM network in 1994 and eventually became the largest mobile phone operator in Thailand. - Thaksin Shinawatra, Wikipedia.
    • 1996: There are also smartphones, the first smartphone was the Nokia 9000 Communicator in 1996 which incorporated PDA functionality to the basic mobile phone at the time. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1997: All Sharp mobile handsets made since 1997 have been equipped with a camera. - List of camera phones, Wikipedia.
    • 1997: The 3110 was a GSM mobile phone handset manufactured by Nokia and released for sale in 1997. - Nokia 3110, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: The mobile phone became a mass media channel in 1998 when the first ringtones were sold to mobile phones by Radiolinja in Finland. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: First trial payments using a mobile phone to pay for a Coca Cola vending machine were set in Finland in 1998. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: The first downloadable mobile content was sold to a mobile phone in Finland in 1998, when Radiolinja (now Elisa) introduced the downloadable ringing tone service. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: Mobile payments were first trialled in Finland in 1998 when two Coca-Cola vending machines in Espoo were enabled to work with SMS payments. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1998: The first content sold to mobile phones was the ringing tone, first launched in 1998 in Finland. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: The first commercial payment system to mimic banks and credit cards was launched in the Philippines in 1999 simultaneously by mobile operators Globe and Smart. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: The first commercial payments were mobile parking trialled in Sweden but first commercially launched in Norway in 1999. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: Eventually the idea spread and in 1999 the Philippines launched the first commercial mobile payments systems, on the mobile operators Globe and Smart. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: The first full internet service on mobile phones was introduced by NTT DoCoMo in Japan in 1999. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: A translation system allowing the Japanese to exchange conversations with foreign nationals through mobile phones was first developed in 1999 by the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International-Interpreting Telecommunications Research Laboratories, based in Kansai Science City, Japan. - Mobile translation, Wikipedia.
    • 1999: Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo introduced its mobile internet service, i-Mode, which today is the world's largest mobile internet service and roughly the same size as Google in annual revenues. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
  • 2000s

  • 2010s

    • January 8, 2010: Harman pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in relation to an incident on 3 July where she stuck another vehicle whilst driving using a mobile phone. - Harriet Harman, Wikipedia.
    • 2010: Starting from 2010, many mobile phone manufacturers have agreed to use the Micro-USB connector for charging their phones. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.
    • 2011: By 2011 it is expected that more wireless companies will launch 4G Broadband networks. - Mobile phone, Wikipedia.

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