The history of Mobile Phones covers cell communication devices which connect directly to the public telephone network using a wired connection. While the first mobile phones, wireless, and capable of communicating via the normal telephone line are probably a few decades old, modern devices are a lot more technologically advanced. In addition, new wireless technologies like Bluetooth have become more commonplace in the last decade, and cellular phones with a global positioning system receiver built in have also become more common.
In the beginning, cell phones with a built-in receiver were expensive. The price of a simple, basic cellular phone was more than most families could afford, even after the telephone service provider’s initial introduction of the “bundle” package. Today’s cell phones come in a variety of price ranges, and the technology to allow people to communicate through them has been refined significantly. However, not all cell phones can receive signals from other mobile phones, even if they are within a range of hundreds of feet. This means that people must use a mobile phone that is capable of receiving signals from other devices, even if they do not own a mobile phone with an existing phone network or plan.
Even with the availability of a cell phone that can receive signals from another device, there are still limits to the use of mobile phones. Some states, for instance, ban the use of mobile devices on highways. There is no federal law against using cell phones to call home or to contact loved ones.
Wireless phones have also helped improve the efficiency of communication. People can speak to each other from anywhere they may be, including inside a crowded grocery store or at their desks during work breaks.
While these devices have helped make communication easier, they have also added another challenge to the cell phone user. Cell phone companies often restrict certain uses of the phone, such as text messaging, internet browsing, or sending or receiving phone calls. These restrictions are based on the laws and regulations of the company’s local area. They do not apply to people who live outside of their company’s service area.
Although the history of mobile phones has been a very positive one, it does not stop the cell phone from being a major part of our everyday life. People still use it to make international phone calls, receive and send email, stay connected with family and friends, check on the weather, read newspapers, and magazines, and other publications, and much more.