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Happy Birthday Mobile Phone!

We all remember the first cell phone we ever saw. Riding the heels of the chunky portable phone (for use indoors) and the car phone, early cell phones were over sized, hyped and largely ineffective but still utterly captivating. It's hard to believe, but this month marks the 20th anniversary of an agreement 15 phone firms signed to build mobile networks based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications.

The BBC recently took a look at how far the GSM technology has come since 1987, reporting that there are more than 2.5 billion accounts that use this mobile phone technology today.

What's the future of GSM? While we look at most geek apparel with built in technology with some skepticism, experts say GSM tech will eventually be used in "the fabric of your clothing, your shoes, in appliances, in your car." They also predict it could someday allow people wearing monitors to gather and transmit information about their vital signs. It may sound wild, but consider how far we've already come.

Photo from the spring 2007 Willcom catalog.

jdots24 jdots24 10 years
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 10 years
I got my first cellphone in 2000. I think it was a Motorola Startac.
lolabella lolabella 10 years
wow. i got my first cellphone in 1995. i can't believe it's been almost 13 years! holy smokes! i had to buy a bigger purse because that thing was like a brick.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 10 years
I♥U Cell Phone.
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 10 years
the cell phone is the same age as Me!! haha... and it really doesn't seem like it was that long ago
Chica8a Chica8a 10 years
Happy Birthday :gift:
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Wow, it doesn't seem that long ago does it?
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