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A Brief History Of Mobile Phones

TIMELINE OF POPULAR MOBILE PHONES FROM THE PAST 30 YEARS



It's been 30 years since the first commercially available handheld mobile phone was released. A lot has changed since then!



1983

THE MOTOROLA DynaTAC 8000x

Mobile pioneers Motorola released the now-famously named 'brick' handheld mobile in the US in 1983, costing nearly $4000.



1987

NOKIA MABIRA CITYMAN 900

Europe's answer to the 'brick,' with its huge battery this phone weighed 800g and cost nearly 4,600 Euros.



1989

MOTOROLA MicroTAC 9800x

The smallest phone of its time, this was one of the first mobiles to be able to actually fit in your pocket.



1992

NOKIA 1011

Nokia made history with the first mass produced 'candy bar' type GSM phone.



1993

IBM SIMON PERSONAL COMMUNICATOR

The first touchscreen PDA and phone combination. Only produced for 6 months.



1996

MOTOROLA StarTAC

The first clamshell phone from Motorola was also the world's lightest at the time.



1996

NOKIA 8810

Its near-indestructibility, ease of use and long lasting charge made this mobile incredibly popular.



2002

ERICSSON T39

This very small mobile phone was the first to utilise Bluetooth.



2002

NOKIA 3510i

One of the first mass-market phones to feature a colour screen and GPRS internet.



2003

NOKIA N-GAGE

This attempt to take down the Gameboy resulted in something that wasn't that great at being a phone or a console.



2004

MOTOROLA RAZR V3

This sleek and stylish looking flip-phone was amazingly this for its time.



2006

LG CHOCOLATE KG800

LG continued the trend of stylish looking affordable mobiles with the attractive Chocolate.



2007

APPLE iPHONE

The original smartphone was an instant classic, completely rethinking te way mobiles were used.



2008

BLACKBERRY STORM

Blackberry's 'iPhone Killer' was the company's first mobile to ditch the QWERTY keyboard.



2010

APPLE iPHONE 4

The fourth generation of Apple smartphones incorporated a range of updates, including a new design and faster processor.



2011

SAMSUNG GALAXY S2

This award winning mobile knocker Apple off the top spot as the greatest smartphone manufacturers of all time.



2012

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 2

Samsung continues to improve upon their larger 'phablets' with the creatively powerful Galaxy Note 2.



2013

HTC ONE

The recently released 4G-ready HTC One has received rave reviews, and is billed to 'completely reshape the smartphone experience.'



2013

SAMSUNG GALAXY S4

Due to be released later this year, early reports have pegged this super-smart phone as the next evolutionary step for Samsung.

A Brief History Of Mobile Phones

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To celebrate 30 years since the first handheld mobile phone was released commercially, the Insurance2go.co.uk team have created an Infographic charting the rise of the mobile over the last 3 decades.
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