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I didn’t have time to bake a cake or buy a card, but let’s celebrate anyway. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first commercial cellular call, which was made to the grandson of Alexander Graham Bell. You can thank me later when that question comes […]

450px2007computex_e21forummartincooI didn’t have time to bake a cake or buy a card, but let’s celebrate anyway. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first commercial cellular call, which was made to the grandson of Alexander Graham Bell. You can thank me later when that question comes up in Trivial Pursuit. The call was placed near Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois and rang up a phone in Germany. I wonder if everyone was so excited by the tech that they forgot they needed a translator? I’m kidding of course, because the phone call went as planned and spawned the multi-billion dollar cellular industry of today.In fact, Om shot me a relevant statistic just earlier this morning from Telegeography: “According to data published by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) as reported by Japan Today, mobile calls accounted for 44.8% of total hours of telecommunications traffic in the fiscal year ending 31 March 2007, eclipsing fixed line phone traffic for the first time ever.”Amazing when you think about it this way: Bell’s first phone call over a wire took place back in 1876, and for over 132 years we’ve spent time gabbing on the POTS, or Plain Old Telephone Service. In just 25 years, we actually have more wireless calls than wired in some areas of the world. Of course that never would have happened if we all had to carry the original cellular phone, a Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, which was over two pounds and offered a meager 30-minutes of talk time. I talk to myself more than a half-hour a day, so that wouldn’t cut it for me to speak to others!(Image: Wikipedia)

  1. Since everything is “commercial” (someone paid for it)… it might be good to better define this use of “commercial”, since in actuality, the first commercial mobile phone service was launched in Japan by NTT in 1978: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, which would be 30 years. :) Just a note.

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  2. Way to put the last 25-years of mobile into perspective. It is amazing to see how so many developing countries have simply leap-frogged from no telephony infrastructure to mobile so quickly.

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