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History and cellular timeline since 1930

History and cellular timeline since 1930

Today, mobile phones are part of the daily lives of most people on this planet and are a prime example of the dizzying speed of technological evolution.

If a person is asked how many times he unlocked his cell phone today, he probably doesn’t remember, but he can also admit that he did it many times. Average: 110 times a day.

Cell phone history: from 1930 to today

  1. a) Portable radios


Many people do not know that the mobile phone is contained in the first portable radios AM, SCR-194 and 195, ancestors. These models were made in the USA. Laboratories of engineering corps of forces.

Weighing approximately 25 pounds and spanning 5 miles, these walkie-talkies were widely used during World War II.


Another development for military purposes, which can be considered a cellular antecedent, was the Motorola SCR-300 radio.

Although it weighed more (32 and 38 pounds) and had a shorter run (3 miles) than SCR-194 and 195, it was also popular with the Allies during World War II.


In the same line of portable radios appears the first “handie talkie”, SCR-536, developed by Motorola with a weight of 5 kilograms and a ground mileage of 1 mile, while in water its signal can reach 3 miles.


This was the year when the first commercial mobile service appeared: the mobile communication system (MTS), developed by Bell System.

Weighed £ 80 and worked with limited call ranges available from AT&T, which cost up to $ 30 per month with additional call charges.


Ten years after the introduction of the Bell System MTS, Ericsson Mobile System A (MTA) appeared, the first semi-automatic mobile car system to be sold in Sweden.


A year later, Du Mont’s engineer, James A. Craig, demonstrated in the United States the first radiotelephone equipment that allows phone calls from returning vehicles to be retransmitted completely without the supervision of local telephone companies.


As of this year, car owners with phones integrated in the United States have begun to see lighter cell phones, with buttons, but with low prices and with standardized service ..

  1. b) The advent of the cell phone


The mobile phone comes out of the car thanks to DynaTAC (Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage), with which former Motorola Vice President Martin Cooper made his first private phone call.

It was said that the device weighed 1.1 kg and its dimensions were 228.6x127x44.4 mm. The user was able to talk for 30 minutes, and it took almost 10 hours for his battery to fully charge.

In terms of connectivity, these first devices belong to the “Generación cero” (0G), because they do not have this ability.


Nokia enters the mobile phone market and launches the first international mobile service, the first generation (1G) of mobile communications.


The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X mobile phone is sold to the public. He currently weighed less than 2 pounds and worked for AMPS, North America’s first 1G analog service.

This device, the first cell phone approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States, offered 30 minutes of talk time, 6 hours of standby time and can store up to 30 phone numbers.

However, it remained an affordable technology for a few; it cost almost $ 4,000 (almost $ 9,000 today), except that its design was more business-oriented.


Mobira Talkman appears, increasing the time available for conversations imposed by DynaTAC.


Motorola is once again a pioneer with MicroTAC, the world’s first handheld phone thanks to its flip design, in which hardware is hinged to the phone, reducing the size of the device when not in use.

GSM announces 2G digital encryption technology in three years.


Motorola International 3200 appears as the first digital mobile phone to use 2G technology.

  1. c) Smart phones

We can say that from the decade of the 90’s the race began to improve the design of phones and make them more portable so that any consumer can access them.

And at the end of the decade, multifunction phones appeared: games, calculator, clock, calendar, profile configuration and colors on the screen.


Launches IBM Simon, mobile phone, pager, fax and PDA, which also includes a calendar, address book, clock, calculator, laptop, email, games and a touch screen with a QWERTY keyboard.


Motorola is showcasing its StarTAC to the public, which has opened and closed like a clam, halving the phone’s size. He worked on 1G networks and then went on to 2G.


With the Nokia 9000 comes the first cell phone, which also includes mini-computer features, despite limited Internet access. It had an LCD screen and a full QWERTY keyboard, the first on a mobile phone.

In the same year, Nokia released its 3110, the most compact mobile phone.


Nokia is moving towards a nicer and more ergonomic design; with its model 8810 turns off the external antenna or heel antenna, and then launches other models with a sliding keyboard.


Nokia is again innovating with its 3210 model, which allows you to send messages with pre-installed images; or 7110, the first cell phone to include wireless communication protocol (WAP) or something that is the same: Internet access for mobile users.

At that time, the Kyocera VP-201, the first cell for the built-in camera, also appeared.


  1. d) Phones and cameras


Sharp makes the J-SH04 available to the public, with a built-in camera that offers images with a resolution of 0.1 megapixels.

With this device began what is now called MMS, due to the fact that it has a built-in CCD sensor and Sha-Mail (Picture-Mail) infrastructure ..


The first camera phone sold in North America: the Sanyo 5300 from Sprint.

RIM launches the first Blackberry on the market, although its most popular models were: the 5810, to include a cell phone in a data-only device; and 2002, as it included wireless e-mail, print and fax.

This year, the T-Mobile Sidekick is also known as a phone that allows web browsing and integrated instant messaging (AIM) with a QWERTY keyboard.

The beginning of the PDA begins with Pocket PC Phone Edition from Microsoft, which later gave way to HP Jornada 928 Wireless Digital Assistant and Handspring Palm Treo ..


A Motorola RAZR camera camera that has modified the design of mobile phones is for sale.


Microsoft users noted the Treo 700w, a Palm OS that ran Windows Mobile.

And the Motorola ROKR E1 comes with an Apple iTunes music player built to control up to 100 songs.


The world knows the Apple iPhone, a touchscreen smartphone and 3G technology.


HTC Dream is the first smartphone capable of running Google’s Android operating system. It included a QWERTY keyboard, a full-fledged HTML, Gmail and YouTube web browser.

Nokia Corp. led the industry with 40% of mobile phone sales worldwide. With its Nokia 1100 alone, it has come to sell 250 million phones, making it the best gadget in history.




The first device to work with the 4G network: HTC EVO 4G from Sprint. It also had one of the largest touch screens, an 8-megapixel camera, high-definition video capture, HDMI output, mobile access point capability and HTC Sense.

2010 – present

For the past 7 years, the manufacturers’ challenge has focused on developing devices with a battery that lasts longer and with an elegant design that is light and thin.

In addition, Android technology has been in the north of many to allow the download of the most popular mobile applications on the market.

From the point of view of content producers in the world, there has also been a race to develop products that can be consumed from various devices, especially smartphones, as this connection mode today accounts for 75% of web traffic.