Person to person, heart to heart, that is the base behind mobile phones. “People want to talk to other people – not a house, or an office, or a car. Given a choice, people will demand the freedom to communicate wherever they are, unfettered by the infamous copper wire. It is that freedom we sought to vividly demonstrate in 1973,” said Martin Cooper, the first man to make a mobile call.
It was his vision that today we enjoy reaching each other within no time and without any hurdle. The 1st call made publically enjoyed its 30th anniversary on 3rd April, 2003.
Martin Cooper was Manager of Motorola’s Communication Systems Division when the mobile came in public held in his hands. Now he is CEO & Co founder of ArrayComm Inc. The mobile set he used was as big as a brick and weighed about 30 ounces.
The historic call was made to Cooper’s rival AT&T’s Bell Labs while walking in streets of New York City. After that the handset took 10 years time to reach the market and from there to people. Before that there were portable telephones but none was a wireless portable mobile. The 1st one used without the entangling copper wire was in Cooper demonstration.
Before the launch of mobiles, there were two way radios known as ‘mobile rigs’, installed in the cars for communication. They were good tools for communication but were not at all mobiles as they were not normally connected to the telephone network. Initially the mobiles were also installed in vehicles only. Their advanced versions were called ‘bag phones’ with ‘cigarette lighter plug’ so they can be carried anywhere and used as two way radios.
Now with the progression in the mobile technology, today it is possible to reach anyone anywhere in the world not only through voice communication but also texting; SMS. Besides text messages, picture messages can be sent and received too; MMS. The technologies used now for mobiles are known as 0G i.e. zero generation, proceeding to 4G.
With the ongoing innovative developments in mobiles, significantly interesting developments have been made, because it was unthinkable before that task like these can be accomplished through a tiny handset. Its functions and options have made it more than a mobile set and more of an operational gadget pack and an organizer.
Like SMS and MMS, another common but interesting features now in mobiles is connectivity to internet and sending emails. Radio, MP3, songs and ringtones, taking pictures, making videos with the help of built in cameras featuring up to 5mega pixels is a common feature for almost all the handsets that are available at the market.
Video call, connectivity through Bluetooth and Infrared, Push-To-Talk; PTT, extended memories, call logs, phone books, and on the top, ability to connect and share data with a computer.
Some interesting facts include the possibility to unlock your car if you have forgotten the keys inside the car. You can actually take help from someone at home, conditional of having an additional security remote at home. You can stand at a distance of a foot from your car while the person at home presses the unlock button. In this amazing way your car will be unlocked and you can get your keys back.
If at some point of time your mobile service provider is not giving network coverage and you need to call an emergency service, then no need to panic. Just dial 112 and you will be connected to the emergency service through any available network.
For Nokia, dialing the code *3370# can upgrade your battery up to 50% using a built-in reserve battery. This is practicable in situations when your mobile has eaten up the battery and you have no means to charge it for an urgent call.
Innovation is a nonstop process and we can’t say to what extent it will change the workability of mobiles and what further tasks will we be able to accomplish with mobiles.
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