Mobile Phone History

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Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The first mobile telephone call was made on April 3, 1973 by Martin Cooper, a former Motorola inventor, who is known as “the father of the cellphone”.

The weight of the phone used to make that call was about the same as a bag of sugar (2lb). The brick–like battery required, which allowed a talk time of just 30 minutes and took 10 hours to charge, made carting it around even more of a chore.

Mobile phone texting was first introduced 21 years ago. Neil Papworth, a 22–year–old software programmer from Reading, sent the first message when he wished his friend Richard Jarvis of Vodafone: “Merry Christmas.” At the time mobile phones didn’t have keyboards so it was sent via personal computer.

The first photo to be shared using a mobile phone was taken in 1997 by Philippe Kahn. He sent snaps from the maternity ward where his daughter Sophie was born. Kahn, an inventor from France, is credited with developing the world’s first camera phone.

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