<ul><li>In 1996 16 million people were subscribed to cell phone plans </li></ul><ul><li>As of 2004 there were over 110 million people subscribed to plans </li></ul><ul><li>How did we ever survive without them? </li></ul>
Dr Martin Cooper , a former general manager for the systems division at Motorola, is considered the inventor of the first portable handset and the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone in April 1973. The first call he made was to his rival , Joel Engel, Bell Labs head of research.
Nokia’s First Phone <ul><li>It may look more like a boom box than a portable phone, but this boxy, bulky device was actually Nokia's first mobile (if you can call it that) phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced in 1982, the Nokia Mobira Senator was designed for use in cars. After all, you wouldn't want to use this phone while walking: It weighed about 21 pounds. </li></ul>
<ul><li>In 1973 Motorola put out the first cell phone prototype </li></ul><ul><li>It weighed almost 2 pounds, was over a foot long, and cost $3, 995 </li></ul><ul><li>It commercially became available in 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Provided one hour of talk time and could store up to 30 phone numbers </li></ul>
<ul><li>On October 13, 1983 - The first commercial cellular system begins operating in Chicago </li></ul>Technology Spreads In December 1983, the second system activated in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. corridor. 1984 - The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association was founded. 1985 - The 100th cellular system is turned on in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 1987 - Industry tops $1 billion in revenue.
Cell Phone Dangers Throughout Cell Phones have become very dangerous After a survey of more than 2000 people they found that 73% of the people surveyed who drive and own a cell phone talk on their phone while driving Among those people who admitted they talk on the phone while driving, 72 percent said they hold the cell phone in their hand, and 28 percent said they use a hands-free device. In states that require a hands-free-device, 45 percent of respondents who talk on the phone while driving said they hold the phone, and 55 percent said they use a hands-free device.
What About Laws? The survey found that 25 % of all the survey respondents were unsure whether their state bars the use of handheld cell phones while driving. 61% of respondents said their state had no law prohibiting the use of handheld mobile phones while driving, and 14 percent said their state had such a law. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia bar drivers from using handheld mobile phones while driving. Other states have passed restrictions for young drivers and bus drivers.
<ul><li>The first cell phone cost almost 4ooo dollars and had the features of dialing talking and listening </li></ul><ul><li>The I Phone cost up to 600 dollars and can do many different things like texting and music </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phones have changed the world but with technology growing more each day there’s no telling what the future will hold… </li></ul>