Mobile phones – where would we be without them? In the past 25 years, the technology that has developed has been nothing less that life changing. For me, my mobile phone has now replaced almost every other device that I previously used – my landline, alarm clock, calculator, laptop, radio, camera, sat nav – it could even replace my TV if I wanted it to!
For all that we know about mobile phones, some things are less circulated. I’ve found some useless yet intriguing facts that’ll make you ponder.
- The First Text Message
Have you ever wondered when the first text message was sent and what it said? Back in December 1992, Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old test engineer was working on sending short messages through the newly adopted mobile device technology. Neil sent the first ever text message from his personal computer to a mobile, using the Vodafone network. The text message read ‘Merry Christmas!’.
- Network Tower Disguises
In America, mobile phone network towers are often disguised. Their engineers have invented ways to make the towers more aesthetically pleasing, so that they fit in with their surroundings. They have been disguised as many different objects, such as trees, flagpoles, church towers, church crosses and cacti. Check out these examples : http://twistedsifter.com/2012/08/examples-of-cell-phone-tower-disguises/
- Adults and Their Phones
A recent study has shown, that over 80% of the world’s population own a mobile. Of those, 90% of adults have their phone within arms reach at all times. The fear of being without your phone is called Nomophobia and is a real thing!
- 90% Of Japanese Mobiles Have 1 Thing in Common
Apparently in Japan, mobile devices are very important. So much so, that the people of Japan need to take their phones with them when showering! This is allegedly the reason that over 90% of the phones in Japan are waterproof. Although water resistant handsets have only really become mainstream in the UK in the last few years, Japan have had waterproofing technology in their mobiles for over a decade. This key selling point is so important to the Japanese, that manufacturers like LG in Korea have adapted their devices to be waterproof just for the country, Ken Hong, the Director for LG Korea once said – “In Japan, being waterproof is far more important than being able to remove your phone’s battery. For a smaller Korean brand like LG, we need to be able to check all the key boxes to be as attractive as possible to Japanese consumers.”
- Mobiles are taking over!
With the rise of mobile devices over the past 25 years, phones have now overtaken computers! The ratio of mobile phones to computers is now around 5:1.
In 2012, Apple managed to shift 37.04 million iPhones within a 14 week period. That’s 262 phones per minute, 4 phones per second”!
- The World’s Best Seller
The Nokia 1100, released in 2003, sold 250 million units. This makes it the best selling electrical gadget in history! It had infrared, a torch and of course the famous Snake game. It held 10 call record and 50 contacts!
- The Unluckiest Man in the World
The forgotten Apple founder, Mr. Ron Wayne had shares in Apple Inc when the company was in it’s very early stages. Mr. Wayne decided to sell his shares in Apple in 1976, for around $800.00. He found Steve jobs cold, argumentative and hard to work with. Wayne’s shares would be worth $35 billion today!
- How Often Do You Charge Your Phone?
A study has shown, that if you charge your mobile phone fully, every single day for a year, it’ll set you back around 28p! I think that’s pretty good value for money. It takes around 2000 watt-hours of energy in a year to charge it every day, although an iPad will need around 12000 watt-hours, costing around £1.68 per year!
- The First Ever Phone Call
The first ever mobile phone call was made by former Motorola inventor Martin Cooper, in April 1973. He rang the boss of a rival telecoms manufacturer, who was less than happy to hear that he’d lost the race in developing a portable hand-held mobile device. Cooper said about the call: “There was silence at the other end of the line. I suspect he was grinding his teeth.”