Happy 30th Birthday To The Cell Phone, Oh How Things Have Changed
Some of us probably have a hard time remembering life without cell phones so in case you missed it, the cell phone turned 30 years old yesterday. The first ever commercial cell phone call was made 30 years ago yesterday in Chicago.
About 25 years ago when cell technology was in it’s infancy I worked for a company called Bay State Cellular in Massachusetts. We had bag phones and installed car phones and we were the sh*!. Funny how today when you look at a bag phone it’s like watching Maxwell Smart talk into his shoe.
Today it’s hard imagining not having a cell phone handy during an emergency and that is just the tip of the ice berg. Yesterday alone when my best friend and I went to Boston for the Flower show her I-phone… Gave us turn by turn directions to the Seaport World Trade Center, we texted her daughter in New York , her husband and her son, we e-mailed our picture in front of the Spirit of Boston, checked the weather, time and temperature through out the day, photographed the entire show, and she even used it to play a song for me I hadn’t heard before. Funnily enough I don’t think she actually made a call on it, no wait I called her from in front of her house to ask which door she wanted to be picked up at. She also tells me it holds her calendar, and reminds her of things and the list just goes on and on. Way to go Steve Jobs, three decades later there are more active cell phones in the US than the number of people.