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History of the cellphone

1977 — Experimental cellular systems launch in Chicago.

1984 — Motorola introduces “the world’s first commercial handheld cellular phone,” the DynaTAC 800X. Dubbed the brick, it has one hour of talk time, eight hours of standby, and weighs 28 ounces.

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1987 — US cellular subscribers surpass 1 million.

1990 — US cellular subscribers surpass 5 million.

1992 — The world’s first commercial text message is sent.

1993 — The first smartphone, IBM’s Simon, is released. It features a calendar, address book, calculator, e-mail, faxing services, and games.

1998 — The first “bucket” of minutes plan is offered.

2000 — US cellular subscribers surpass 100 million.

2002 — Camera phones introduced.

2007 — Apple unveils the iPhone.

2008 — Apple’s iTunes and the Android Market applications stores opened.

2010 — First 4G handset.

2011 — Number of US wireless subscriber connections (315.9 million) surpasses the country’s population (315.5 million).

2012 — Americans send and receive an average of 69,635 texts every second.

2013 — European Union votes to end international roaming charges throughout the continent.

SOURCE: CTIA

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