The mobile phone is an invention that first hit the UK market in 1985. However, the handset that enthralled many people back then is a far cry from the amazing handheld technology that we see today.
Unbelievably, the first mobile phones were the size of a briefcase and some cost over £2000. Back then, mobile phones were seen as symbolic of wealth, fashion and status, rather than a necessity like many people perceive them as today.
The call made using a ‘portable’ telephone was back in 1973. The call was done in New York and yet it too a further ten years before Vodafone launched the first mobile telephone service commercially. On January 1st 1985, Vodafone broadcasted its first ever mobile call. Shortly after this, worthy competitor O2 launched a similar service.
Today, the UK is home to a wide array of mobile phone manufacturers, with high street outlets scattered generously across every shopping complex and high street. Phone recycling companies have also recently become mainstream, with people offered the chance to swap old mobiles for cash. The evolution of the mobile phone has been drastic, with vast changes in digital technology happening over just 25 years.
At Mazuma Mobile, we believe the advances in such a small handheld device have been staggering! The mobile phone is no longer just a tool that can make a call; mobile phones these days have the power to connect with anyone in the world and do practically anything. How long do we think it will be before the mobile phone can do the housework?!