History of Mobile Phones – From First Mobile Phone… Till Date

by BPD Team on March 5, 2012

The Personal Handphone: Where it all began!

The mobile phone seems like it’s been around for years, but the truth is a bit different. For a product that took about 10 years to be made commercial, while nay-sayers assured us it would fail , the mobile phone has changed our world forever. In a short time span of just around 30 years, the mobile phone has metamorphosed from a bulky heavy impractical device to a sleek, sexy and power packed convergence device that never leaves us. Research has it, that today people would much rather leave chocolates or even sex but never leave their mobile phones.

In this mobile phone infographic, we take you through the evolution of mobile phones, how people use mobile phones, World mobile phone stats and whole lot of interesting facts about mobile phones that you would not normally guess or know. Interested? Then check out the infographic on the Evolution of mobile phones below.

Since 1983, after the invention of Motorola Dyna TAC, today in 2012 with I Phone 4S, one will undoubtedly agree that the mobile market has evolved immensely, in both aspects of Design and Functions. It pushed back the boundaries of the ‘possible’ and actually made us more complete! Hundreds of Mobile producing companies, and their thousands of mobile phone models have hit the markets. Few tasted immense success, whereas few couldn’t stand to the tough competition of the growing market. Nokia’s supremacy in the market consolidated incredible market dominance till the iPhone arrived and then the Android phones. They lost market share and had to re-define themselves. Today Nokia and Samsung are considered to be the most trusted brands in respect of mobile phones quality, prices and features.

Evolution of Mobile Phones Infographic

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The Mobile phone timeline started with Nokia Mobira Senator, a heavy bulky machine with antenna and a wired receiver, then in 1983 came Motorola DynaTAC that weighed around a Kilogram, with one hour of battery life, and provided a storage capacity of a maximum of 30 phone numbers in its phonebook.

But the evolution in the mobile market began when companies strived to produce Smart phones and succeeded. In 1993, IBM came up with IBM Simon a personal communicator and world’s first Smartphone. It was a concept product that year at COMDEX (Computer Industry Trade Show). IBM Simon comprised the features of a mobile phone, a pager, a PDA, and a fax Machine. Keeping the pace with mobile market Motorola launched world’s first Clamshell phone, StarTAC, which sold 60 million pieces worldwide. Then Research in Motion (RIM) came to market with their device 850, which was declared the 14th largest gadget of past 50 years in 2005 by PC World, and also won technical Oscar for the manufacturers. Meanwhile in 1999 Nokia also launched their pure media mobile phone model 7110 that supports a WAP browsing. And then they launched a simple and low cost model 3210 mobile phone that became highly popular and created history with 160 million units sold. The new thing with these phones by Nokia is that they had a built in antenna and vibrate function also.

Anything that challenges Microsoft excites Google. Development of Android was one of those challenges for the Windows developers, so in 2005 Google acquired Android from their founders Andy Rubin and Rich Miner Nick Sears and Chris White. Android is a Linux based multitasking mobile phone Operating system that can run multiple apps like Google maps, media player and web browser at the same time without any hiccups. Today the latest evolution in the mobile market is brought by Apple with the launch of i-phone, with Apple’s copyrighted operating system IOS, which they also used to run their other devices like iPod and iPad. I Phone by Apple has fantastic graphics, the best touch screen, a large display and it can support a huge number of apps. Arguably, more than any other mobile phone. The problem with this phone is of inability to transfer data like photos or music from any other mobile except the Apple devices. It also did not record videos until it’s 3GS Version was launched with a better camera than I Phone or I Phone3G.

What People are Using Mobile Phones for?

There are various purposes for which a mobile phone can be used today, it might be Messaging, Calling, Listening to music or Internet browsing. Every user has their own defined purpose to use this machine, but research show that 71% of total usage of mobile phone is for clicking pictures using the mobile camera, followed by listening to music which is around 55%, with SMS voting on a television reality show the least popular which has only 26% of total mobile usage. Browsing Internet on mobile also is an average popular use of a mobile phone, but with fast browsing phones in the market people now prefer to use this features more often.

Global Population Statistics

Let’s see now what global statistics has to tell us about the mobile phone’s evolution. Statistics says that more than 85% of the world total population (i.e. 5.2 Billion out of total 6.2) are subscribed to mobile phones, and the fun fact is that the number of mobile phone connections exceeds the number of toothbrush users by 1 billion as 1 in every 6 people has 2 mobile phones. In 2010 alone the number of mobile phone units sold was 1.38 billion exceeding the total population of China. Also conversations by SMS on mobile phones are many times bigger than any other media, i.e. 3 times bigger than Emails, 7 Times by facebook, and 21 times bigger than on Twitter.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AZOFR6KIXPANCFLHSO6RGSV72Q Kerry Mason

    “There are various purposes for which a mobile phone can be used today, it might be Messaging, Calling, Listening to music or Internet browsing”

    As old as it makes me seem, I remember when a mobile phone used to be used to make and receive calls, nothing else. I even remember when it was a rarity for someone to have a mobile phone, and the people that did were either businesspeople or those with more money than sense. I remember when a mobile phone meant that you had to cart a massive great big pack around with you, like that one that Murtaugh uses in the first Lethal Weapon. I remember when internet on a mobile phone used to consist of a couple of pages, plus an arm and a leg for the privilege of viewing them.

    How times change. These days, you’re viewed as a bit of an oddity, or someone who’s in denial about technology if you don’t have a mobile phone. People actually expect to be able to access the internet on their mobiles, it’s taken for granted. They used to be expensive bits of kit, for the few who could afford them, now you wouldn’t think twice about sending an international SMS, about googling something, about getting directions.

    It does make me wonder what the face of communication will be like in the future. Because it really wasn’t that long ago that a mobile phone was a rarity.

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