In this day of high tech gadgets and toys, the Mobile
Phone, or Cellular Phone inundates the market with products
for every level of user.
While a patent was issued as early as 1908 for a mobile
phone unit, the actual technology of cellular network
calling, as we know it today wasnt established until 1984
Even at this early time, mobile phones were too large to be
carried easily in a pocket so most were installed in
vehicles to be used as car phones until 1990.
The mobile phone has become so popular in some countries
that the numbers of phones outnumber the population. Africa
currently has the largest growth rate of mobile phone
subscribers and India has the largest growth market, adding
6 million subscribers every month.
What once began as a rare and expensive form of
communication has suddenly become the worlds most common
and inexpensive item kept on a person.
In the U.S. 50 percent of children carry their own mobile
phone. In many countries, mobile phones outnumber landline
This is due to the ease of use and the cost. Where it is
more expensive to run a phone line throughout a town or
village, people can own mobile phones at a much more
Once used as a simple wireless way to communicate has
changed to almost a miniature computer small enough to slip
into ones pocket.
Now mobile phones can take photographs, can access the
Internet and e-mails, and even store a selection of
What an advancement we have made in such a short time. It
makes one wonder what is next in the high tech gadget world
for our mobile phone users.