1. The First Commercial Mobile PhoneThe worlds first mobile phone call was made in 1973 by Motorola employee Martin Cooperfrom the streets of New York City. He called his biggest rival. "I was calling Joel Engel who wasmy antagonist, my counterpart at AT&T, which at the time was the biggest company in theworld. We were a little company in Chicago. They considered us to be a flea on an elephant,"Cooper told BBC."I said Joel, this is Marty. Im calling you from a cellphone, a real, handheld, portable cellphone.There was a silence at the other end. I suspect he was grinding his teeth."The phone he called on was a prototype Motorola DynaTAC which, a decade later, was tobecome the worlds first commercially available mobile handset. It got the FCCs thumbs up in1983 and launched in 1984 at a cost of $3,995 -- which is about $9,000 today, accounting forinflation.As a symbol for 80s yuppie tech, the DynaTAC appeared in Gordon Gekkos hands in WallStreet, and later, Patrick Bateman used one in American Psycho. It was also known as the "ZackMorris phone" because the Saved by the Bell character often used a similar model in the series.The first mobile phone call in the UK took place in 1985. Comedian and one-half of Morecambeand Wise, Ernie Wise, called from London to Vodafones Newbury, Berkshire offices, thenlocated over a curry house.2. The First SmartphoneThe worlds first smartphone debuted in 1993 at Floridas Wireless World Conference. Launchedby BellSouth Cellular and "weighing in at a little more than a pound," it was a phone-come-PDAwith an early LCD touchscreen display.The press release from the launch describes the new handset: "Designed by IBM, Simon looksand acts like a cellular phone but offers much more than voice communications. In fact, userscan employ Simon as a wireless machine, apager, an electronic mail device, a calendar, an appointment schedular, an address book, acalculator and a pen-based sketchpad -- all at the suggested retail price of $899."With only 2,000 Simons made, the handset is now a collectors item. The Microsoft-backed BillBuxton Collection of retro tech boasts a Simon, and you can find out more about the pioneeringdevice on the website.3. The 160-Character Text Message Limit
There are various theoriesabout who invented the text message. Short, text-based messaging was developed in a range oftelecommunications systems toward the end of the 20th century, but the man credited withcreating the SMS -- the mobile phones short message service -- is German FriedhelmHillebrand.Working for the GSM group, Hillebrand came up with the concept of a 128-byte text message tobe sent via the existing mobile phone network. The messages shortness was an obviousparameter due to the size limit, but the exact 160-character limitation was a curious creation ofHillebrands.The story goes that in 1985 Hillebrand experimented with making notes on his typewriter tocome up with the ideal message length. "Hillebrand counted the number of letters, numbers,punctuation marks and spaces on the page. Each blurb ran on for a line or two and nearly alwaysclocked in under 160 characters," the L.A. Times reports.He ultimately deemed the 160-character limit as "perfectly sufficient," and with two more"convincing arguments" (postcards and Telex transmissions often had fewer than 150characters), the GSM group created the standard in 1986. Afterwards, all mobile phone carriersand mobile phones were ordered to support it.Nowadays you can send messages longer than 160 characters, but Hillebrands legacy lives onvia Twitter. The micro-blogging services 140-character limit was determined by text messaging-- 140 characters for the tweet and 20 for the Twitter username.4. The Pocket Dialing ProblemChances are youve received a "phantom" call on your mobile phone, especially if your namebegins with an "A." "Pocket (or butt) dialing," when a jostled phone calls a number fromsomeones pocket or bag, is one of the minor annoyances of mobile life.For the emergency services though, its a more serious problem. In the early 2000s the <=""p=""><="" p=""> href="http://www.popcenter.org/problems/911_abuse/"TARGET="_blank">National Emergency Number Association revealed that "phantom wirelesscalls" made up about 70% of 911 calls in some U.S. areas. In the UK the figure reached as manyas 11,000 calls per day.So why is a pocket dial so likely to reach 911 or 999? Although a phones keypad may have been"locked," these numbers will still dial in case of a real emergency. In fact, many older Americanmobiles <="" p="">
<="" p=""> href="http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/unint911.pdf"TARGET="_blank">auto-dialled 911 when a caller pressed and held number nine, or twonumbers at once.Phone designers and manufacturers have now disabled such options, but pocket dialing stillhappens. Last year two men were overheard during a car burglary after one of their phones called911. In May of this year a drug dealer was arrested after he pocket-dialed the police during adeal. And a Maine man with an arrest warrant was "triangulated" and caught when he repeatedlycalled the police from his pocket.5. The Worlds Most Expensive Mobile PhoneBritish jeweler Stuart Hughes lays claim to creating the worlds most expensive mobile phone.The iPhone 4 "Diamond Rose" edition boasts a price tag of £5 million, which currently translatesto $8,184,968.42.For that astonishing sum, the purchaser gets 500 individual flawless diamonds totaling over 100carats, a rose gold Apple logo with 53 diamonds, and a single cut 7.4-carat pink diamond on thehome button.Hughes has also bundled in an 8 carat single cut flawless diamond which can replace the pinkone, just in case you needed a sweetener to seal the deal.7. Telephonophobia, Nomophobia,Frigensophobia & RingxietyOur relationship with our mobile phones hasnt always been an easy one. Aside from theetiquette issues a portable phone involves, some sources suggest our mental health has sufferedtoo.With varying degrees of plausibility, experts have identified telephonophobia, nomophobia,frigensophobia and ringxiety (or fauxcellarm) as conditions that can affect the mobile phonegeneration.Telephonobia is the fear of making or recieving phone calls.Nomophobia (no-mobile-phone phobia) is the fear of being out of contact either by your phonebeing lost, out of juice or out of signal range."Ringxiety" or "fauxcellarm" is described as a "psycho-acoustic phenomenon" when you hear (orfeel) your mobile ringing when its not.Frigensophobia is the fear that using your mobile is damaging your brain.