4 Decades of Mobile Phone Technology


Mobile phones have come a long way since its invention in 1973. Now mobile phones are used in everything from banking to making a grocery list. Here we will look at how mobile phone technology has changed over the past four decades.

The 80s

In the 80s, mobile phones were big and heavy. Though mobile phones were meant to be portable, it was difficult to move around with it due to its size and weight. It was mostly used in vehicles.

Motorola DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available mobile, and it was 30 cm in length, 9 cm in thickness and weighed 1 kg! It cost more than £2,000 at that time. You could store only 30 numbers on that mobile phone.

The 90s

4 Decades of Mobile Phone Technology 1990 - 4 Decades of Mobile Phone Technology

Nokia came up with its 8110 model which became very popular due to the sliding feature. Also, this phone was shown in the movie ‘The Matrix’ which contributed to its popularity in the mass market. It only weighed 145 g and was under 6 inches long.

It was far more practical than the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. After Nokia 8110, other models came out with games, customizable appearance, and ringtones. At that time mobile phones became a fashion accessory.

The 00’s

4 Decades of Mobile Phone Technology 2000 - 4 Decades of Mobile Phone Technology

During this decade, other mobile phone companies like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and LG became more popular. Flip phones came into the market. Coloured screens, downloading media content, viewing notifications without opening the phone, and MP3 players were common features in these phones.


4 Decades of Mobile Phone Technology afterwards - 4 Decades of Mobile Phone Technology

The smartphone appeared in 2004 and it became a one-in-all device with which you can do multiple tasks. You could send emails, text messages, make calls, play games, listen to music, download content, take pictures, and record videos.

The Sony Ericsson W810i back then matches with today’s smartphones. In 2007, the first iPhone was released which took the world by storm.