Facts about Cell Phones that we Probably Didn't Know

by JothiS 2014-10-01 16:58:07

1) The Name:  
“Cellular phones,” get their name from the fact that areas served by towers are divided up into “cells.” Now they are commonly called as "cell phones".

2) The First:  On April 3, 1973, a Motorola employee, Martin Cooper, publicly demonstrated the world’s first handheld mobile phone by placing a call to Joel Engel, the head of research at AT&T’s Bell Labs using the phone.

3) The Phone: This first handheld cell phone weighed 2.4 pounds and was 9 x 5 x 1.75 inches in size. Think of the iphone weight now ? iPhone 6 is 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches and weighs just 129 grams

4) The Fanboys: Although Apple’s iPhones generally receive the most hype and publicity, world-wide approximately 88.3% of all mobile phones in use today are not iPhones.

5) The Fear: The fear of having no cell phone signal or otherwise being unable to make or receive cell phone calls is called Nomophobia.

6) The Texts: Over 9 trillion text messages were sent in 2013.  This equals to about 1,200 text messages per person on the planet per year. Nowadays apps like WhatsApp dominates the text messages.

7) The Fastest: According to the Guinness World Records, the current fastest texter in the world is Sonja Kristiansen of Norway She was able to text the following message in 37.28 seconds “The razor-toothed piranhas of the general Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality, they seldom attack a human.” 

8 ) The Antiques: A type of car based non-handheld mobile phone has been around since the 1940s, but was more a novelty item than practical and generally needed significant enough power that you could only use one when the engine running.

9) The Most: China: 1.2 billion phones; India: 904 million phones; U.S. 327 million phones; Brazil: 276 million phones; and Russia: 256 million phones

10) The Gap: The demonstration was done in 1973, but the handheld device hit the market in 1983, which was a 10 year gap.


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