The Progression of Cell Phones

Cell progression

Since the middle of the last century, engineers have been trying to find that Holy Grail in mobile communication – a hand held phone device not tethered to any wires. Remember the Bat Phone? That rotary phone in Batman’s Bat mobile? Although some companies have developed phone devices that are car-based, none were what you can call mobile. It all came into reality in 1973 when Motorola engineer Martin Cooper the first real cell phone call to his rival Joel Engels, an engineer at Bell Labs.

The 1980’s

It was not until a decade later that infrastructure for a cellular network was completed based on the analog 1G system. Motorola then introduced the first cell phone – the DynaTAC cellular phone. It was affectionately called the “Brick” due to its design and weight of about 2 pounds. At that weight, customers needed weight training in order to carry these phones around with them all day. To own one, you had to shell around $4,000. In 1989 Motorola released the MicroTAC, the first flip phone. It utilized a hinged design, thereby reducing the size and weight and can be carried in a person’s jacket.

The 1990’s

The 90’s saw the emergence of the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), or 2G, spectrum which ushered in the era of digital communication. In 1992 Motorola introduced the International 3200, the first digital handheld phone. Nokia soon followed with its Nokia 101, a bar type cell phone that sports an LCD screen.

Throughout the 90’s, competition was primarily between Nokia and Motorola. Although up to this point, cell phones were primarily used only for talking. What they tried to do was to come out with designs that appealed to the customers. Motorola concentrated on their hinged design and came out with clamshell models such as the StarTAC.

Nokia, on the other hand, started the much desired candy bar series of cell phones like the Nokia 3100 series, 3300, and the 5100. They also introduced models that were instant hits like the Nokia 8100. Nokia’s foray into the smartphone began with the Nokia Communicator 9000 and the 9110i.

The 2000’s

With 3G, cell phones started to integrate web browsing capabilities, albeit mostly in text only forms and using WAP technology. Cell phones started to integrate the functionalities of a Personal Digital Assistant. Foremost among these were the Blackberry series from RIM.

During this decade, the cell phone began to emerge as an accessory to a person’s personality. This decade also saw the total acceptance to the concept of text messaging. Cell phones began arriving with quirky QWERTY keyboard designs that makes text messaging easier.

Although touchscreen phones, such as the Erickson P800, were already in the market, the introduction of the Apple iPhone in 2008 saw a complete shift in the acceptance of the consumer on what a cell phone should be. It sported a touch screen that covers the entire face of the cell phone, there were no keys and apps were introduced to add functionalities to your device. Pretty soon, other manufacturers such as Samsung started introducing cell phones that have similar technologies.

Today, cell phones have more computing power than computers of the 90’s and are starting to replace certain gadgets that were deemed important in the past. Shrinking sizes, shrinking prices and more functionalities are what sells cell phone today.

Why Using Your Bra As A Phone Storage Spot Is A Bad Idea

Cell phone should never be carried in your bra

Nowadays, the bra serves many purposes. Aside from supporting the breasts and keeping your private parts covered, it is also used to tuck away many essential things. Some women would tuck their cash, credit cards, keys, pacifiers and even cellphones inside their bras. After all, it is so convenient to just reach down and pull out your stuff than fish it out from the bag. But is it safe especially if what you are tucking there is your cellphone?

Many people do not realize that cellphones have microwave radiation. If you are wearing your cellphone close to your body every single day then you are exposing yourself to that harmful radiation. Keeping your phones tuck into your bras would mean increasing the risk of developing breast cancer because the radiation would seep into the fatty breast tissues. So not only will your bra be keeping your larger breasts in place, it could also be the cause of something serious such as breast cancer.

One incident is 21-year old Tiffany from the U.S. She is young and healthy with no history of cancer and no breast cancer gene. She was diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer. For four years she has kept her cellphone in her bra just like all of her friends. She often does that if she doesn’t have any pocket and she did it because it was convenient and it was easy to feel the phone vibrates if she receives a message or a phone call. They connected the cancer with the cellphone because the location of the tumor is perfectly lined to where the phone is always tucked in, just above her left breast.

The risks are not just limited to women who keeps their cellphone in their bras. It includes men who keep phones attached at their belts or those who keep it in their pockets for an extended period of time as it affects the mineral bone density. Even children and teenagers are at risk for brain tumors or parotid gland tumors if they are frequently using their phones. Although all of these are highly publicize, it is so much better to take precautions than experience the consequences later.

How Young Is Too Young For A Cell Phone?

Cell phones

This question is currently in the spotlight and is pretty controversial. Mainly because it depends on who you ask, you will get very different answers. Some say that kids under 9 years old should have a cell phone whereas personally, I think that 9 years old is far too young.

Obviously kids at the age of 9 can’t just go into a phone shop and sign up for a 3 year plan and thankfully not. They will need you as their parents to determine what a good age for them is to get their first phone. With many parents allowing their toddlers to play with their phones, kids are now comfortable using phones at a very early age.

So what are the current stats? Well at the moment, approximately 80% of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 have cell phones. That is a very high number in deed!

I think that it really depends on your child. Are they responsible enough to have a cell phone? You will have to decide this for yourself. But if you leave your child in their room or alone for 10 minutes, do they get themselves in trouble? Or are they generally well behaved? Their behaviors are often translated from if they get into trouble or not into their phone behavior.

If someone asked my what my rule of thumb is about when kids should have a cell phone, I would say around 15 years old. But this also depends on where the teenager lives, how they get to school and other safety reasons. Give or take of course depending on the child.

This being said, for goodness sake, don’t get your child a brand new shiny iPhone as you will likely see it broken to bits within a few weeks. Get a second hand phone which is more durable or a hand-me-down.