Find Out More About the History of Mobile Phones

By: Maria Literral
Mobile phones were originally installed in vehicles permanently, but more sophisticated versions of them called transportables, could also be carried, which meant that they could be used as a mobile or as moveable two-way radio. During the early 1940s, Motorola developed a two-way radio in a rucksack, the walkie-talkie, and this was widely regarded as one of the first mobile phones.

The First Generation

The very first mobile phones are now referred to as first generation (1G) mobile phones.

The first handheld phone to be released in the USA was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X in 1983. Mobile phones started to gain popularity in the 1980s with the introduction of cellphones that were based on cellular networks. Mobile telephones were initially much bigger than current ones, and they were first made for installation in vehicles only, which is why they were called the car phone. These chunky devices were later converted for use as portable phones the size of a briefcase and the rest is history.

The Second Generation

The very first second generation mobile phones were commercially launched in Finland in 1991. While 2-G networks were totally digital, the previous 1-G networks were analogue. One of the benefits that 2-G networks had over their 1-G predecessors was that phone conversations were digitally encrypted. This was considerable because third parties were able to listen in on calls on analogue networks. In addition to this, 2-G systems were lots more efficient, which allowed far more mobile phones to be used. Finally, 2-G introduced data services on mobile phones, which include text messages.

The Third Generation

The very earliest pre commercial 3G mobile phone network was launched in Japan in May 2001. Later, 3-G was released commercially in Japan on 1 October 2001. 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, which succeeded 2-G mobile technology.

The birth of 3G technologies enabled network operators such as Orange to offer their users a wider range of more advanced services. This includes broadband internet, as well as high tech video calls.

Despite the success of 3-G, there have also been lots of complaints about it. These include criticism over the cost of 3-G phones, a lack of network coverage because it’s still a relatively new service and the amount of power that 3G phones use.

Following 3G, we can get excited about the arrival of 4G technology, which should be the finest & most sophisticated mobile telephone technology yet.

Conclusion

Thank you for browsing our article about the invention of the mobile phone. As you probably know, the mobile telephone has come a long way since it was initially launched & there's a fair chance that it will be developed even further still.
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